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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 

HHS Plans National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation

HHS NHAS Implementation Meeting

Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services convened the first meeting of its HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Group. Comprised of representatives of 10 operational divisions and more than 13 staff offices from across HHS, the Implementation Group is tasked with preparing the agency’s operational plan for implementing the Strategy. Assistant Secretary for Health…

International AIDS Conference: Dr. Valdiserri talks to Ambassador Eric Goosby

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On July 22, 2010, during the International AIDS Conference , I talked with Ambassador Eric Goosby, who serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and who oversees the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. PEPFAR is the United States’ response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic—but I was interested in getting…

International AIDS Conference Day 5: Dr. Valdiserri Speaks with Dr. Kevin Fenton from the CDC

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Throughout this International AIDS Conference in Vienna, I have been fortunate to connect with colleagues old and new. Yesterday I spoke with my friend and colleague, Dr. Kevin Fenton, the Director for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Fenton and…

International AIDS Conference Day 5: Dr. Valdiserri talks to Dr. John Brooks about HIV and Flu

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Yesterday, during the International AIDS Conference , I spoke with Dr. John Brooks, an Infectious Disease Specialist with the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Brooks and his colleagues do research on how to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV and he…

International AIDS Conference Day 5: Updates from Vienna with Carl Dieffenbach

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During the International AIDS Conference , I sat down with Carl Dieffenbach, the Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the National Institutes of Health. (Dr. Dieffenbach is a regular guest blogger for AIDS.gov). We talked about the possibility of a “functional…

International AIDS Conference Day 5: Dr. Valdiserri Speaks with Regan Hofmann the Editor-in-Chief of POZ Magazine

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Yesterday, during the International AIDS Conference , I sat down with Regan Hofmann the Editor-in-Chief of POZ Magazine . The magazine has been an important publication for people living with HIV/AIDS and their friends and families for over 15 years. It was a pleasure to speak with her and learn about the messages she will…

IAC Day 4: Malignancies and People Living with HIV/AIDS

Dr. Valdiserri at work at IAC

Today at the International AIDS Conference  meeting, researchers from the United States, France, Canada, and Romania presented findings on the important clinical topic of malignancies that can develop in people with HIV/AIDS. Scientists from the U.S. National Cancer Institute reported that the rates of so-called “AIDS-defining malignancies,” like Kaposi’s sarcoma and non-Hodkgin lymphoma (NHL), have…

International AIDS Conference Day 3: Research Highlights

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shared the latest scientific information with the conference delegates about the actual steps that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) takes when it makes contact with the human genital tract (through exposure to semen or vaginal secretions) which result in infection.Understanding, in detail,…

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