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Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Stigma can kill: Making a difference for tomorrow

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Stigma killed my partner John. He died in 1994, less than a year before he could have gotten effective antiretroviral therapy that might have stopped HIV from taking his life. There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today. John was really angry when…

As many as 185,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. could be prevented by expanding testing, treatment, PrEP

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Reaching the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) targets for HIV testing and treatment and expanding the use of daily Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) could prevent an estimated 185,000 new HIV infections in the United States by 2020 – a 70 percent reduction in new infections, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)….

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain

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Summary: Data released at this year’s CROI meeting demonstrates need for continued focus and action. This week, I’m in Boston for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). It’s one of the premier scientific meetings where we hear the latest research in HIV prevention and treatment. Last year, for example, researchers presented undeniable…

Improving Access to Mental Health Services

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Editor’s Note: Mental health and substance use disorders can put individuals at greater risk for HIV infection and, for those living with HIV, can make engagement in HIV care and adherence to treatment more challenging. Visit our HIV/AIDS Basics page for more information on mental health and HIV. Summary: The President’s FY 2017 Budget proposes…

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with this national health observance and other efforts, findings from a new CDC study support the…

In Appreciation of Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s 27 Years of Federal Service

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At the end of 2015, we bid farewell to Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who retired from an exemplary career in Federal service. Over many years, Ron played key roles in the Federal responses to HIV and viral hepatitis, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the HHS Office of…

The President’s Budget, Investing in our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: How does President Obama’s final budget request prioritize the needs of people living with and at high risk of HIV? Yesterday, the President released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget in which he shows our continued focus on the biggest challenges facing the Nation, not just for the coming year but for decades to come….