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HIV in the City

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Today, CDC released a new study of HIV prevalence and unrecognized infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in 21 major U.S. cities, based on an analysis of data from the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS). Overall, researchers found that approximately one in five (19 percent) MSM was infected with HIV…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010

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National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010

A review of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (see the December 4, 2008 “HIV/AIDS – Advances in Hope Video Podcast”) might leave some people puzzled about why National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be marked on September 27. Many of us in the HIV/AIDS community (and some people beyond this circle) well know…

New Media and the 2010 National Gay Men’s Health Summit

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Later this month, the 2010 National Gay Men’s Health Summit (GMHS 2010) will take place August 25-30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to the recently released National HIV/AIDS Strategy, “Gay and bisexual men have comprised the largest proportion of the HIV epidemic in the United States since the first cases were reported in the 1980s,…

Sharing our Pride and Commitment in the LGBT Community

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Co-authored by Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June) approaches, we want to honor the LGBT community’s role in the response to HIV and share our commitment to combating the stigma and discrimination that still affects many LGBT people. Though we have made progress in addressing homophobia and…

New Media Microgrant Awardees

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New Media Microgrant Awardees

When we launched this blog over two years ago, we stated our commitment to learning along with you to find new and creative ways to use new media in response to HIV/AIDS. Last week, we continued to honor this commitment by making 17 microgrants to organizations that are planning for and implementing new media to…

Respecting the Rights of Hospital Patients: Presidential Memorandum

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On April 15, a Presidential Memorandum was released about hospital visitations related to the rights of hospital patients to receive visitors and to designate surrogate decision makers for medical emergencies. This is an important action for Gay and Lesbian Americans, who are often barred from the bedside of the partners with whom they've spent decades…

Using the Internet to Provide HIV-Prevention Messages to Men Who Have Sex with Men

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On Wednesday, March 24, I had the pleasure of taking part in a day-long meeting about using the Internet to provide effective HIV-prevention messages to men who have sex with men (MSM). The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A report is being developed about the meeting (and…

A Conversation with the Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health

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The transgender community has been disproportionately affected by HIV, and often faces challenges finding and accessing appropriate services. JoAnne Keatley, Director of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health , is one of the leaders in the larger national conversation about increasing access to culturally competent healthcare for transgender people. At AIDS.gov, we are…

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