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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 

Conversations from CROI 2013: HRSA’s Dr. Laura Cheever

Cheever CROI 2013

In the final episode in my series of conversations from the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) (held in Atlanta earlier this month), I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Laura Cheever, HRSA’s Acting Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau. At CROI, she and her colleagues shared a new analysis of the…

Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Mermin Croi 2013

During the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta earlier this month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. We discussed some of the important research findings being shared at the conference and their implications for our efforts to respond effectively…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. John Ward

Dr. John Ward

Viral hepatitis was among the topics receiving significant attention at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta this week. Sessions and posters explored a spectrum of topics ranging from virology to new frontiers in hepatitis treatments as well as examinations of HIV/HCV coinfection and its treatment. Following his conference address, “Expanding…

HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

Ronald Valdiserri

The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

Conversations from CROI 2013: ONAP’s Dr. Grant Colfax

Dr. Grant Colfax at CROI

While at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy. We discussed the role science plays in helping us achieve the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as some of…

In Memoriam: C. Everett Koop

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Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

The public health world, especially those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS arena, mourn the passing of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Surgeon General Koop was an inspirational public health leader and a voice for frank and open conversation about HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was shrouded in fear and misinformation….

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Announcement for Rapid Hepatitis C Screening in Drug Treatment Programs

Ronald Valdiserri

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announced a new $1 million funding opportunity that supports rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and referral to care in non profit opioid treatment programs (OTPs)—programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  Designed to address the…