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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…

Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) as a Prevention Tool for MSM: The Promise Comes with Challenges

Ronald Valdiserri

On Saturday, February 26th, I attended a day-long meeting organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and hosted by the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston. The theme of the meeting was “Moving forward with PrEP Implementation.” Meeting participants included researchers involved in the original iPrEX study and other ongoing HIV prevention…

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

blog.aids.gov

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…

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Supported in Priorities Reflected in President’s FY2012 Budget

Federal Leaders Operational Plans

At a White House event on Monday, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the operational plans prepared by the six Federal agencies tasked with lead responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During the event, he and I also discussed some of the important HIV/AIDS related elements…