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A (former) White House Intern’s Personal Reflection on AIDS

White House intern screenshot - May 2016 - cropped

When our (former) ONAP intern, Daniel, told me what prompted his interest in HIV/AIDS work, I was quite moved and wanted you all to hear his story, too. This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of us many years ago: a personal connection, inspiration derived from witnessing extraordinary bravery, and a…

The White House’s Amy Lansky Discusses What Drives Her Commitment to HIV Work

Amy Lansky video screengrab - cropped - April 2016

Last month, Dr. Amy Lansky assumed leadership of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, where she had been serving as a senior advisor for more than a year. She recently talked with us about how she came to work in HIV, what keeps her passionate about this work, and how we can all…

New Federal Actions to Address HIV in the Transgender Community

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) observes that, historically, our efforts focused on this population have been limited, but that the federal government has made strides in improving our response since 2010. Urging that we remain vigilant in increasing knowledge…

Using our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to Prevent HIV among Our Nation’s Youth

White House logo - April 2016

Summary: Ahead of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Dr. Lansky recognizes the HIV disparities facing youth and actions to improve them. Last week, I attended the National Rx Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, which drew a crowd of nearly 2,000 policymakers, researchers, advocates, parents, and persons in recovery. The widespread abuse of prescription drugs,…

“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

Rich Wolitski and Douglas Brooks - rich blog April 6 2016

That lyric from the Broadway musical Rent played over again and again in my head as I sat down to write this blog about the work that my friend Douglas Brooks has done at The White House. Our accomplishments in life are measured and weighed in many different ways. Douglas’ life story is still being…

The White House: Our Commitment to Improving Outcomes in the Transgender Community

White House logo - April 2016

Summary: Find out what happened when The White House hosted a consultation with advocates on effectively addressing HIV in the transgender community. This week, as National LGBT Health Awareness Week comes to a close, we wanted to recognize the ongoing work and challenges to improve the lives of transgender Americans. In February, we held the…

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma Examines Interventions, Measures, Actions

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response

Summary: On March 3, ONAP and NIH co-hosted the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response. As we approach the 35th anniversary of the first case reports of what would later come to be known as HIV/AIDS, we can rightfully celebrate that we now have an array of effective tools to prevent…

President Obama Addresses Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

President Obama - RX Summit

In remarks delivered at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, this afternoon President Obama discussed a range of actions being taken to address the nation’s prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. This epidemic involves increases in unsafe and unsterile injection practices, which put people who inject drugs at high risk…