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FDA Approves Second New Treatment for Hepatitis C

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On May 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of telaprevir for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis C. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic viral hepatitis C affects 3.2 million Americans. Left untreated, chronic viral hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and unwitting…

Resource to Help in Addressing HIV Among Latino Gay Men

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A new report [pdf] from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) provides insights on the HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino gay men in the United States. Designed to assist and inform effective Federal, state and local public health responses to HIV and STDs among this population, the report summarizes the findings of…

Upcoming Event: NIH’s Dr. Fauci’s Talk “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS: A Personal Journey”

Dr. Anthony Fauci

June 5, 2011 will mark 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S. On Tuesday, May 31, at 2pm ET, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be giving a talk, “Thirty Years of HIV/AIDS:…

HUD Announces $9.1 million in HOPWA Funding

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the availability of $9.1 million in funding through its Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program to meet the housing needs of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  Grants made available under the HOPWA program advance HUD’s implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). …

The Impact of HIV-Hepatitis Co-Infection

John Ward

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, an observance intended to remind us of the high, under-recognized hepatitis-associated disease burden in this country and of the often neglected opportunities for prevention and care. An estimated 3.5-5.3 million Americans have chronic viral hepatitis, which is a leading cause of primary liver cancer. People living with HIV are disproportionately…

View HHS Release of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

In a blog post on May 12, we reported on the HHS’s release of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) (PDF 672KB) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  If you missed the event, we encourage you to watch a live webcast of the release of…

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

“Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV ­– for me, for you, for everyone.” That’s the motto for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19. According to the Banyan Tree Project, which sponsors this Awareness Day on behalf of a wide cross-section of organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders: “Saving…

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, 2011

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Co-authored by Margaret (Peggy) Johnston, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Consultant, NIAID.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day provides an opportunity to acknowledge the more than 35,000 individuals who have volunteered for preventive HIV vaccine trials over the past 25 years. Without their participation, the modest success that we have achieved