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Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Seek to Engage Networks in Supporting Strategy’s Goals

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During this National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, I thought it would be timely to share with you that last week several of my colleagues and I met with representatives from Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships from five Federal departments to continue our dialogue about collaborative activities to support the goals…

Community Viral Load: A New Way to Measure our Progress

Ronald Valdiserri

We know that when persons are infected with HIV and have not been diagnosed, the virus replicates silently in their bodies for several years. During this time, their immune systems are being damaged and they are very likely to spread the virus to others since they are unaware of their infection. That is why the…

Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM: The Promise Comes with Challenges

Ronald Valdiserri

On Saturday, February 26th, I attended a day-long meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hosted by the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. The theme of the meeting was “Moving forward with PrEP Implementation.” Meeting participants included researchers involved in the original iPrEX study and other ongoing HIV prevention…

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Grounded in the Best Science

Dr. Ron Valdiserri

The President has committed the Federal government to implementing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that is “grounded in the best science.” Scientific research efforts have greatly expanded our understanding of HIV/AIDS and produced a large number of critical tools and interventions to help us diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV. The past year has been particularly…

New Resource Supports Faith Community Engagement on HIV/AIDS

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As has been frequently observed, the job of implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy does not fall to the Federal Government alone, nor should it. Successfully achieving the Strategy’s important life-saving goals requires the commitment of all parts of society, including the nation’s rich diversity of faith communities. In fact, the Federal Implementation Plan calls upon…

Secretary Sebelius Asks HHS to Sustain NHAS Momentum

Dr. Ron Valdiserri

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently sent an important communication to the Department’s leadership regarding HHS-wide efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The message, sent in late January, reiterated that the implementation of the NHAS is a priority for HHS. Secretary Sebelius reminded the heads of her operating divisions and…

We All Have Important Roles to Play: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7

As we approach the 11th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on February 7th, we are reminded that the impact of HIV is greater among Blacks than any other racial/ethnic group in the United States. African Americans represent 13 percent of the U.S. population; but 46 percent of the estimated 1.1 million…

Federal Leads Explore Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Housing Insecurity or Homelessness

NHAS Meeting, 1/24/11

Last Monday, January 24, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) reconvened as part of our ongoing efforts to work toward the Strategy’s goals and achieve a more coordinated national response to the HIV epidemic in the United States….