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

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

Advancing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Checking-In with Federal and Community Leaders

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On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the cross-government working group supporting and monitoring the implementation of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan—the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group or “VHIG”—met in Washington, DC to share updates on 2014 accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Some of the highlights included: Promising preliminary data from HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…

CDC’s New “HIV Treatment Works” Supports National Efforts to Improve Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum

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Earlier this week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of HIV Treatment Works, CDC’s first national communication campaign focused exclusively on encouraging treatment and care for people living with HIV. The campaign features people living with HIV talking about how sticking with care and treatment helps them stay healthy and protect others….

White House Meeting on HIV in the Southern United States

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Editor’s note: As summer winds down, we are looking back at some of the highlights of a busy summer in the HIV/AIDS field. Today we share reflections from Dr. Ron Valdiserri on a White House meeting on HIV in the southern U.S. held earlier this summer. HIV continues to take a heavy toll in states…

Ambassador Birx Discusses PEPFAR Priorities

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Recently, I had the opportunity to visit with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Deborah L. Birx, M.D., to talk about her priorities for the U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. Watch…

Online Expert Advice for Clinicians Treating Hepatitis C Now Includes Section on When and For Whom to Initiate HCV Therapy

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State-of-the-art guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was updated this week to help healthcare providers to determine when and in whom to start antiviral treatment to cure patients of their HCV infection. Launched earlier this year by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases  (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society…

White House Observes World Hepatitis Day

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On Wednesday, July 30, the White House hosted its fourth consecutive observance of World Hepatitis Day. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the event brought together a diverse group of domestic…

Ambassador Birx Reflects on AIDS 2014 Highlights

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Last week I had the opportunity to share my reflections on what the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ) means for our efforts to achieve the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. For an international perspective, I had an opportunity to sit down with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS,…