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Social Work and HIV/AIDS

Sanford E. Gaylord

Social workers have always been critical to our nation’s response to HIV. In working to connect newly diagnosed people to HIV care and to help people to stay in care, social workers are now helping to make the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) real. Social workers, like others, also have a role in…

Celebrating Innovation at the Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza Conference

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Three years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. This week marks the fourth edition of what has come to be known as ‘Datapalooza,’ which has grown to include nearly 2,000 tech developers, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and…

Health 2.0 Digital Technology in Clinical Care

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Health 2.0 Digital Technology Conference

At the Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care  conference held last month, speakers offered strategies for using technology to expand health care from clinical settings to a 24/7 partnership enterprise. “We must take health care out of the office and make it a continuous focus in the lives of patients,” said Dr. Joseph Kvedar,…

SXSWi 2013: Digital Health and HIV

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Every year, the digital world converges on Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSWi), which features “five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology.” At AIDS.gov, we have welcomed this opportunity to learn and collaborate with others through the Digital Health track , one of the many tracks offered…

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Infection in Infants Born to Infected Mothers: Need for a Fresh Look

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, Dr. Deborah Persaud of the Johns Hopkins University presented an intriguing case study of a child who by all measures seems to be cured of HIV infection. This single case has sparked significant conversation, debate, and optimism. This blog…

Conversations from CROI 2013: The Case Study of a Toddler ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV Infection

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Read the statement about this study from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Read the statement from Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The story that captured global headlines from the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) this week was that of a toddler ‘functionally cured’ of HIV infection. We…

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…

Creating Change 25: LGBT Equality Conference Highlights Strategies for Responding to HIV Epidemic

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The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change was held last month in Atlanta. Touted as the “largest gathering of organizers and leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement,” the conference included sessions on current HIV incidence and prevalence rates, strategies for responding to the changing HIV epidemic, and held a…