HIV Policy & Programs

ONAP Releases Report of Community Recommendations for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Community Ideas for Improving the Response to the Domestic HIV Epidemic. A Report on a National Dialog on HIV/AIDS

Last fall, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) asked Americans to give us their input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which will be released in the coming months. From the beginning, ONAP recognized that community feedback would be invaluable to our National HIV/AIDS Strategy development so we hosted 14 community discussions and meetings throughout…

Open Government Initiative

Open GOV

At, we are committed to and excited about the Open Government Initiative and wanted to share this blog post announcing the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Inaugural Open Government Plan. This initiative is important to the HIV community and for public health. Today, U.S. departments and agencies are releasing their Open Government Plans…

Using the Internet to Provide HIV-Prevention Messages to Men Who Have Sex with Men


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On Wednesday, March 24, I had the pleasure of taking part in a day-long meeting about using the Internet to provide effective HIV-prevention messages to men who have sex with men (MSM). The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A report is being developed about the meeting (and…

CDC Expands Successful HIV Testing Initiative

Dr. Kevin Fenton

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that we will be expanding our successful HIV testing initiative by $31.5 million, for another three years. The new total program funding will be approximately $142.5 million over the next three years. This will reach more people with life-saving information on whether or not they…

Medicare Expands Coverage for Treating Facial Lipodystrophy Syndrome in People Living With HIV

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release to announce its decision to cover facial injections for Medicare beneficiaries who experience symptoms of depression due to the stigmatizing appearance of severely hollowed cheeks resulting from the drug treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The decision, that was announced on…

Increasing Access to Health Care for People Living With HIV: We Need Your Help

Georgina Verdugo

Earlier this week, OCR entered into a settlement agreement with the Windsor Rosewood Care Center, LLC (WRCC), a Contra Costa County, California nursing home, which agreed to provide individuals living with HIV equal access to its facility, as required by Federal law. This settlement resulted from a discrimination complaint initiated by a case manager who…

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Statement for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As we mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, this Saturday. March 20th is the fourth National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Below are excerpts from a statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health, on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. To read the entire statement, visit…

National Native HIV and AIDS Awareness Day


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National Native HIVAIDS Awareness Day Pin

For the fourth year in a row, on March 20, many communities around our country will stop to observe National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). The National Native HIVAIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee comprised of representatives from Colorado State University’s Commitment to Action for 7th-Generation Awareness & Education: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project , the Inter Tribal…