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The National Museum of American History Recognizes 30 Years of AIDS

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Recently, I learned of two complementary exhibits at the National Museum of American History entitled, HIV and AIDS Thirty Years Ago and Archiving the History of an Epidemic: HIV and AIDS, 1985-2009. As one passionate about the fight against AIDS, but who wasn’t aware of HIV/AIDS in the early years, I was interested to learn…

Highlights from a National Discussion on 30 Years of AIDS in the United States

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Earlier this month over 2,000 government employees, stakeholders, staff from community organizations, consumers, and advocates working in HIV participated in a webinar, “The State and Future of HIV/AIDS” to recognize 30 years of AIDS. The following federal leaders briefly spoke: Dr. Maggie Czarnogorski (VA) noted the current context of both the 30 years of AIDS…

Proposed National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Fund

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Because the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is a priority endeavor for the U.S. government, when the President released his Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) budget proposal in February of this year, he proposed a special fund to support the implementation of the Strategy. If approved, the FY12 Budget Proposal authorizes the Secretary of the Department of…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Note: Today President Obama issued a statement on National HIV Testing Day Thirty years ago, at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there was no test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For many, there was only the long and worrisome wait for the signs of infection. Once those signs appeared, no treatment for the…

National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Today is National HIV Testing Day—a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States.  Approximately one in five of those are unaware of their infections. Early testing and…

FY11 Awards Made Under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund

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SMAIF FY10-FY11 comparison by Activity Type

In a post last month, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, provided an overview of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) and highlighted the changes that were made this year to bring it into better alignment with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and recommendations from a recent program evaluation. As…

A Box of Tools for National HIV Testing Day 2011

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Co-authored by Deb LeBel, Partnerships Specialist, AIDS.gov

This is the season for toolboxes. Sunday was Father’s Day – and tools are a popular gift for dads. Summer is the time when many of us pull out our toolboxes to work on home improvement or hobby projects.

So that got us thinking about the “tools” we have in our HIV prevention

Veterans’ Stories: The VA and 30 Years of AIDS

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Did you know that the Veterans Health Administration is the largest single provider of HIV care in the United States, providing care for more than 24,000 Veterans living with HIV in 2010? The VA has been and remains an integral part of the service delivery system for people living with HIV in our country. The…