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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 

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Awards FY12 Funds to Address HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities

Ronald Valdiserri

In late spring, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) announced the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) awards by the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). The fund made 29 competitive awards (PDF 2MB) ranging in size from $200,000 to $6,800,000 to ten HHS…

Increasing HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Dr. Valdiserri

Although the U.S. has made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections among injection drug users and their sexual partners, CDC estimates that injection drug users represented 9% of new HIV infections in 2009 and 17% of those living with HIV in 2008.  Since the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic began, more than 175,000 injection…

Leading Health Indicators June Spotlight on HIV Status Awareness

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators Webinar

With National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) approaching on June 27, our partners at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) are putting the spotlight on HIV status awareness with an upcoming webinar and some new tools for community and public health partners. ODPHP, also located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for…

AIDS 2012 Satellite Meeting on Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

AIDS 2012 Badge

With only two months to go before we gather with colleagues from across the country and around the globe at AIDS 2012 in Washington, DC, HHS and other parts of our government are working on many facets of the U.S. government’s participation in this international conference hosted by the International AIDS Society . One of…

FDA and Partners Recommend Action to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Risk Among Health Care Personnel

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Yesterday, colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advanced one of the important action items detailed in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment…

Updates on National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Shared with Primary Care and HIV Providers

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Panel at Health HIV Conference

Along with several federal colleagues, I had the opportunity late last month to discuss the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Action Plan for the Prevention Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) during a panel presentation at a national healthcare conference. We shared highlights of our efforts to coordinate activities as we implement…

HRSA Seeks Public Input on Ryan White Reauthorization

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Ronald Valdiserri

As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts to plan for the 2013 reauthorization of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched a number of activities to collect ideas from stakeholders that will inform our policy deliberations. The Ryan White Program is the largest…

May 19 Is Hepatitis Testing Day

Hepatitis C Poster

During May’s annual observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, May 19th will be recognized as the first-ever Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. The Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) called for the establishment of this national testing day as one of the important actions to be taken…