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New Announcement about PrEP from NIH

NIAID

The National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases just made a significant announcement on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). I am proud to share this important update from the NIH with our blog readers. Learn more by reading this Q&A.

SAMHSA is Facing World AIDS Day

Brian Campbell

An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV and one out of five individuals doesn’t know they are infected. [1] World AIDS Day is observed annually on December 1 to raise awareness about HIV, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services [2] and…

Medicare Finalizes New Rules to Require Equal Visitation Rights for all Hospital Patients

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) finalized a new rule which requires hospitals to let patients decide who can visit them. This new rule will “empower patients to designate their own visitors, including a same-sex domestic partner”. This is an important change for the HIV community. To learn more about…

PACHA Advises on HHS National HIV/AIDS Strategy Operational Plan

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The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) shared observations and feedback on a preliminary, confidential draft of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) Operational Plan during a members-only conference call on November 9, 2010. My colleague Christopher Bates, PACHA’s Executive Director, and I co-facilitated the call. Members of our…

November’s Top 10 Ways the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Improves the National Response to HIV/AIDS

Top 10

Last week, we announced that we’d be posting monthly National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) Top Ten lists to reinforce key parts of the NHAS. Today’s post is November’s Top Ten list. By 2015, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy aims to: Reduce new HIV infections Lower the annual number of new infections by 25% Reduce HIV transmission by…

Top 10 Ways the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Improves the National Response to HIV/AIDS

Top 10 Ways the National HIV/AIDS Strategy Improves the National Response to HIV/AIDS

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) contains many different elements and goals for creating a nation “where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socioeconomic circumstance will have unfettered access to high-quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.” To shed…

Tobacco Control and HIV

Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Yesterday, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the first ever comprehensive tobacco control strategic action plan, Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan (PDF) that outlines specific, evidence-based actions that will help create a society free of tobacco-related death and disease. During a press conference at…

Today is Veterans Day

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Today we thank our veterans for their service to the nation—and we recognize that the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is the single largest provider of HIV care in the United States. The VA is a major partner in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. You can learn more about the VA’s HIV programs at HIV/AIDS: For…