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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…

HHS Releases Guidance for Syringe Services Programs

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

The United States is experiencing a growing opioid epidemic, which has made many communities vulnerable to outbreaks of HIV and viral hepatitis among people who inject drugs (PWID). To address this issue, Members of Congress worked together late last year on a broad, bipartisan basis to revise a longstanding ban on the use of federal…

The White House Announcement: Hail and Farewell

Douglas Brooks, ONAP, headshot cropped for WP

Summary: Douglas Brooks sends a letter thanking community and government officials for their partnership and work during his two years in office. Dear Colleagues, After two extraordinary years with the Obama Administration, today is my last as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to serve…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

Rich Wolitski - headshot - March 2016

Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently…