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Addressing the HIV Epidemic among Gay and Bisexual Men

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In 1981, our nation and its public health system were grappling with a new disease that was taking the lives of gay men across the United States. Thirty years later, HIV/AIDS continues to be a crisis among gay and bisexual men. The latest data show men who have sex with men (MSM) remain most affected…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Richard Sorien

For many Americans, June 5th was a day of introspection. It was hard to believe that, as of that date, the AIDS epidemic had lasted 30 years and, despite the remarkable advances we have made in medicine, prevention, and care, we are still facing many of the same challenges we did in the early days…

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day: A Perspective from the National Institutes of Health

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Co-authored by Scott Proestel, M.D., Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

On September 18, 2011, we mark the fourth observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The remarkable success of antiretroviral therapies in prolonging the lives of HIV-infected individuals who have access to and can tolerate these drugs has

Reaching Older Adults: National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day

Michelle Scavnicky

What do you know about the risk of HIV infection for older adults? If the answer is “not much,” we can help. The 4th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD ) will take place on September 18, 2011. NHAAAD raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS and the importance of HIV testing and…

Observing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day in an Aging Epidemic

Deborah Parham Hopson

Four years ago, the nation began its observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18). The fact that we get to observe this day reflects a sharp contrast to where we were when CDC reported the first cases of AIDS 30 years ago. Once a death sentence, HIV disease has evolved into a…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Note: Today President Obama issued a statement on National HIV Testing Day Thirty years ago, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there was no test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For many, there was only the long and worrisome wait for the signs of infection. Once those signs appeared, no treatment for the…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

Kevin Fenton

Today is National HIV Testing Day—a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States.  Approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infections. Early testing and…

A Box of Tools for National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Co-authored by Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.gov

This is the season for toolboxes. Sunday was Father’s Day – and tools are a popular gift for dads. Summer is the time when many of us pull out our toolboxes to work on home improvement or hobby projects.

So that got us thinking about the “tools” we have in our HIV prevention