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Puentes Entre Vecinos: Increasing Knowledge, Dialogue and Representation of Latino/Hispanic and Caribbean Leaders at AIDS 2012

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Francisco Ruiz

In less than a month, the world will come to the nation’s capital to discuss the latest scientific advances from around the world and to develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) returns to the United States. And numerous Latino/Hispanic…

New National Resource Center to Prevent HIV/AIDS among Adolescents

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The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), with funding from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, is pleased to announce a new resource center solely focused on the prevention of HIV/AIDS among adolescents.  Launched on June 25, 2012, the center provides a central, online location for youth-serving professionals to access training, technical assistance, information exchange, and…

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…

Recognizing Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, June 8th, is Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – an annual observance dedicated to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean American community. This is the eighth annual observance of the day, and we want to take a moment to recognize the impact that HIV/AIDS has on Caribbean American communities. Caribbean Americans come from…

Saving Face Can’t Make You Safe – HIV and the AAPI Community

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“Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV—for me, for you, for everyone.” The slogan is reflective of how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders need to embrace the growing concern of HIV in our communities. Judging by recent activities the efforts to educate the community about HIV is having an impact. On May 19,…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Minority Communities

J. Nadine Gracia

Since 1991, routine vaccinations of infants has reduced hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection rates in children by more than 95 percent. And the incidence of acute hepatitis C (HCV) has declined 90 percent since 1992, in large part due to the screening of the blood supply. This progress illustrates the impact that public health policies…

Digital Storytelling: A Community Tool to End HIV Stigma

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All the Truly Important Things - Digital Storytelling

At AIDS.gov we’ve been thinking a lot about the power of storytelling. In the HIV community, everyone has a story to bring to the table, and more people are sharing theirs with new media. Many tools are available to help to facilitate storytelling and have conversations around HIV. One example of a tool used to…

AIDS 2012: Defining an Exit Strategy for Ending AIDS in Black America

Phill Wilson

The Black AIDS Institute is a local community partner for AIDS 2012. AIDS.gov asked the Institute to share its perspective on the conference.

Every two years, the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) serves as the most important HIV-related scientific meeting in the world. This year’s conference—the first in the U.S. in more than two decades—is…