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Enhanced HIV/AIDS Information on Benefits.gov

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As part of our continuing efforts to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) call for a more coordinated response to the epidemic in the United States, Federal agencies recently completed a review and update to the HIV/AIDS information available on Benefits.gov. The mission of Benefits.gov is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with…

HHS Seeks Nominations to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The PACHA is a Federal advisory committee that provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs…

One in Four Is Too Many

Evelyn Kappeler

One in four new HIV infections in the United States occurs among young people ages 13-24. One in four! I don’t know about you, but this recently reported CDC finding gave me pause. That same report illuminated some other startling facts: About 1,000 youth per month were infected with HIV in 2010 Most new HIV…

Progress to Date: President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

White House

Violence is common in the lives of women and girls living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS, and the Obama Administration is working to address these intersecting issues. In March 2012, the President  issued a Presidential Memorandum creating the “Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities Working Group”. Sunday marks Women and…

Conversations from CROI 2013: ONAP’s Dr. Grant Colfax

Dr. Grant Colfax at CROI

While at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy. We discussed the role science plays in helping us achieve the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as some of…

In Memoriam: C. Everett Koop

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Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

The public health world, especially those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS arena, mourn the passing of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Surgeon General Koop was an inspirational public health leader and a voice for frank and open conversation about HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was shrouded in fear and misinformation….

CROI Begins March 3 in Atlanta and Online

CROI 2013

The 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI ) begins in just over a week in Atlanta, Georgia. This annual scientific meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications provides a vital forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic. At CROI,…

Justice Department Settles Three HIV Discrimination Cases

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Department of Justice

As part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached three settlements addressing HIV discrimination by medical providers over the past three weeks. Each of the settlements was reached under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities—including persons with HIV disease—in public…

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