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Engaging LGBT Leadership in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

NHAS LGBT Consult Planning Meeting

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, and that has not changed. They still comprise the greatest proportion of infections nationally. (For more details on HIV/AIDS among gay and bisexual men, see CDC’s fact sheet (PDF…

Tobacco Control and HIV

Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Yesterday, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the first ever comprehensive tobacco control strategic action plan, Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan (PDF) that outlines specific, evidence-based actions that will help create a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. During a press conference at…

The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy on Bullying and Teen Suicide

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We recently wrote a post about the very serious problem of bullying and teen suicide. Children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are at particular risk. People from across the country and around the world, including President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have created videos…

AIDS.gov Microgrant Awardees: Responding to the Epidemic through New Media

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Harm Reduction Coalition

In our final post of the microgrant series, we look at programs that use new media to reach out to some of the most highly affected and at-risk communities in their service areas. These efforts reflect the complex impact of the epidemic. Detroit’s Adult Well-Being Services (AWBS) built on its Stop HIV/AIDS and Addiction through…

HHS Secretary Addresses Bullying and Teen Suicide

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The problems of bullying and suicide are serious—and children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, LGBT are at particular risk. We would like to note that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted this issue in op-ed pieces in several major city newspapers. Please see the full article below….

More Microgrants: Reaching Specific Audiences with New Media

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In our continuing series on the AIDS.gov microgrant awardees, today we feature four programs reaching several very specific groups: Hispanic immigrants, rural Alaskans, and formerly incarcerated young adults. Reaching Hispanic Immigrants As many of us observe National Latino AIDS Awareness Day on October 15, we are particularly aware that Hispanics are some of the most…

Changing How We Think about HIV Awareness

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AIDS.gov funded 17 organizations serving communities of color, other communities at highest risk of HIV, and people living with HIV. The funding was intended to stimulate and support the organizations’ efforts to use new media to plan for and support HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care activities and to share best practices within communities at…

Focusing HIV Prevention Efforts on Gay and Bisexual Men

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Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For me, every day is an “awareness day” about HIV/AIDS.  I feel it is important for me to talk about it, because I am increasingly concerned that many in the LGBT community don’t. I am worried about the kids out there and the generation that hasn’t seen…