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Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Take Action to Curb HIV

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As we approach the observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) on September 27, it seems timely – indeed, imperative – to encourage all gay men, as well as those who work with, provide services to, and/or love them to take stock of the current toll of HIV/AIDS among gay men and take…

CDC Posts 2014 State HIV Prevention Progress Report

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the first annual 2014 State HIV Prevention Progress Report [PDF 12.8MB]. This report shows that the nation’s HIV prevention goals are achievable, but closing gaps between states will be critical. “This report is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other sources of information…

PACHA Appoints 11 New Members, Re-appoints 3

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At yesterday’s meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in Washington, DC, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Wanda Jones, swore-in 11 new members and 3 re-appointed members. The PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance…

ONAP Town Halls in Oakland, San Francisco Identify Challenges, Progress on HIV

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Editor’s note: This week we continue our look back at some of the summer’s HIV/AIDS community highlights. Today we share reflections from our colleague Dr. Andrew Forsyth on two listening sessions held by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this summer. On June 24 and 26,…

White House Meeting on HIV in the Southern United States

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Editor’s note: As summer winds down, we are looking back at some of the highlights of a busy summer in the HIV/AIDS field. Today we share reflections from Dr. Ron Valdiserri on a White House meeting on HIV in the southern U.S. held earlier this summer. HIV continues to take a heavy toll in states…

Surgeon agrees to treat HIV-positive patients after losing federal funding

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A California surgeon has voluntarily entered into a Post-Termination Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to restore his eligibility to receive federal funding from HHS. The surgeon’s funding was terminated after OCR and the HHS Departmental Appeals Board concluded that he intentionally discriminated against…

ONAP Listening Sessions Continue in Chicago and New York City Next Week

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Wrapping up a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will host final sessions next week in Chicago and New York City. The listening sessions will focus on the local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. Mr. Douglas…