National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain


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….

Enhancing the Lives of Americans Living With HIV/AIDS, and Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic


Editor’s Note: President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal today. The White House also issued this fact sheet to highlight the budget’s investment in domestic HIV/AIDS activities across federal departments and agencies. Meeting Our Greatest Challenges: The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Under the President’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and…

ICYMI – White House’s Brooks Discusses 2016 Priorities for Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy


In case you missed it, in a recent blog post and series of brief video conversations , Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), shared his thoughts about priorities for advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2016. In his video conversations with OMB’s Jamal Brown, Mr. Brooks…

What Drives Me? Getting to an AIDS-Free Generation


Recently, I had the chance to sit down with my good friend and colleague, Jamal Brown, Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget, to talk about priorities for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2016 and my personal connection to HIV/AIDS work. Check out our chat here: