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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission: Creating Better Health for Women, Children, and Families

Mother and child in a clinic

This week, we celebrate International Women’s Day. According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 15-44, and nearly 60 percent of the people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Throughout the week, PEPFAR will be highlighting its work in addressing gender and…

Taking Action for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: What can you do?

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March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This annual observance encourages people to take action around HIV and to educate each other about the epidemic’s impact on women and girls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Women and girls of color—especially black women and girls—bear a…

Effective HIV Prevention Programs in the U.S.

Conversations with AIDS.gov: Conference on Human Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). February 28, 2011 - Boston, MA

On Monday, February 28, Dr. Jonathan Mermin gave a plenary presentation at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Dr. Mermin is the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.  His talk was titled The Science and Practice…

Community Viral Load: A New Way to Measure our Progress

Ronald Valdiserri

We know that when persons are infected with HIV and have not been diagnosed, the virus replicates silently in their bodies for several years. During this time, their immune systems are being damaged and they are very likely to spread the virus to others since they are unaware of their infection. That is why the…

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)

Gretchen Stiers

As the recently appointed Federal inter-agency liaison for HIV/AIDS at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I am pleased to join the discussion here on the AIDS.gov blog about how the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is being implemented across the Federal government. In support of the NHAS, SAMHSA is engaged in a…

The 12 Cities Project

Department of Health and Human Services 12 Cities Project. February 25, 2011

An important component of the HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Operational Plan is what is known as “the 12 Cities Project.” The HHS-wide project supports and accelerates comprehensive HIV/AIDS planning and cross-agency response in the 12 U.S. jurisdictions that bear the highest AIDS burden in the country. We have touched on the project in some prior…

A Call to Action: Leveraging Private Sector Support for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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When President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (PDF 1.2MB) in July 2010, he said, “The Federal government can’t do this alone, nor should it.  Success will require the commitment of governments at all levels, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical communities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others.”  Clearly, success at…

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Grounded in the Best Science

Dr. Ron Valdiserri

The President has committed the Federal government to implementing a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that is “grounded in the best science.” Scientific research efforts have greatly expanded our understanding of HIV/AIDS and produced a large number of critical tools and interventions to help us diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV. The past year has been particularly…