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PACHA Passes Two Spirit and Transgender Resolutions and Discusses the Stigma Index

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index…

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week

Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say…

Creating Change 25: LGBT Equality Conference Highlights Strategies for Responding to HIV Epidemic

The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change was held last month in Atlanta. Touted as the “largest gathering of organizers and leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement,” the conference included sessions on current HIV incidence and prevalence rates, strategies for responding to the changing HIV epidemic, and held a…

Technology and HIV/AIDS Care

This year’s 2013 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities  marked the conference’s tenth year bringing information to the HIV/AIDS to the community. While at the conference,  AIDS.gov asked Sammy Nesbit from Texas to comment on how technology can be used to overcome barriers to HIV care.  Please view the following…

Syphilis and HIV: A Dangerous Duo Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men

Trend data released today in CDC’s 2011 STD Surveillance Report show that primary and secondary syphilis rates are increasing among gay and bisexual men, who now account for more than 70% of all infections. During the 1990s, syphilis primarily occurred among heterosexual men and women of racial and ethnic minority groups. However, the tide shifted…

HHS Consultation on HIV among Black Gay and Bisexual Men

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New data released last week from CDC underscored the disproportionate burden of HIV being borne by young Americans. CDC reported that in 2010 about 1 in 4 (26%) of all new HIV infections occurred among youth ages 13 to 24 years – that’s 12,000 new HIV infections annually or 1,000 per month in this population….

New Media – Twitter – Remember National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, many people in the HIV community and beyond will observe the fifth annual National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In the midst of HIV testing events, conferences, and other events in local communities, it is appropriate to stop today and remember the place of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the ongoing…

Helping Understand and Treat HIV Through Community-Based Leadership

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have helped bring about much of the tremendous progress in understanding and treating HIV, ranging from increasing HIV awareness, to fighting HIV-related discrimination, to volunteering for cutting-edge research. This legacy of community-based leadership is one to note on this 5th Annual National Gay Men’s HIV/Awareness Day. In 2010,…