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AIDS 2012 and the Road Ahead

Jonathan Mermin

Today is the last day of AIDS 2012, the first International AIDS Conference to be held in the United States in more than 20 years. AIDS 2012 helped crystallize the extraordinary opportunities—and serious challenges—that lie ahead as we work to bring about an AIDS-free America. Since the last International AIDS Conference was held in the United…

AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together

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The doors to Washington, D.C. open to the world today with the official start of the XIX International AIDS Conference. For the first time in 22 years, the United States welcomes the world’s largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV. This affords us the opportunity to rapidly learn about new developments to…

A Historical Perspective on the International AIDS Conference

Kevin M. DeCock

More than 20,000 people of all backgrounds – scientists, activists, policy-makers, people living with HIV and others – will soon  arrive in  Washington DC for the XIX International AIDS Conference  , to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from July 22 to 27, 2012.  This is the first time in 22 years that…

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched today a new national HIV awareness campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together.  The nationwide campaign takes aim at the stigma and complacency fueling the HIV epidemic in the United States. Research shows that while most Americans understand…

National HIV Testing Day 2012

Frieden

Despite many continuing challenges, this is a time of exciting progress and hope in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A record number of Americans living with HIV know their HIV status. According to recently released data, nearly 82 percent of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are aware of…

CDC Invites Public Comment on Draft Recommendations for One-Time Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers

John Ward

CDC has released draft recommendations proposing that all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 (“baby boomers”) get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus. In the United States, hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants and liver cancer, which is the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths in the nation. More than 2…

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…

A Day to Act on HIV and Viral Hepatitis in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community

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Dr. Koh

Tomorrow (May 19) our Nation marks the eighth annual National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the first–ever National Hepatitis Testing Day. Both observances represent “calls to action” for the country and hold special meaning for me. As an Asian American physician, I have cared for many individuals living with HIV and/or hepatitis….