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Tracking TB-HIV Coinfection in the United States

Kevin Fenton CDC

A recent tuberculosis (TB) report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that fewer people in the United States have TB disease than in years past. A total of 10,528 TB cases were reported in the United States in 2011, a decrease from 11,171 cases in 2010. Despite this decrease in reported…

Reflections on Social Media: You Can Do This!

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Last week at the 16th annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), I had the opportunity to interact with conference participants during two workshops on new media. We worked together to help answer the question posed by President Barack Obama in the Digital Government Strategy: “I want us to ask ourselves every day—how are we…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – More Highlights from Day 2

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At the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS on Monday, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), offered a plenary speech on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Describing the NHAS as a road map for all public and private stakeholders, he highlighted a number of its key…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 2

Dr. Jack Whitescarver

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) continued Monday. Among the highlights was a plenary session that put the spotlight on research for an HIV cure. Advances in HIV Cure Research   The presentation, “Toward a Cure for HIV: The Need for Science, Collaboration, and Advocacy”, was moderated by Dr. Jack Whitescarver, Director of the Office…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 1

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Magic Johnson and Wendy Williams

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS among Women “Not without women will we turn the tide on HIV/AIDS,” declared…

2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Pre-Conference Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America

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Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

In advance of the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), approximately 150 people gathered in Las Vegas over the weekend for the Summit to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America. The two-day event was organized by the National Minority AIDS Council  (NMAC), the host of USCA, and attended by executive directors of community-based organizations from…

2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS Begins This Weekend

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The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS   (USCA) began this weekend. You can follow us on Twitter (#usca2012). Beginning Monday, we’ll share brief daily highlights from the conference focusing particularly on issues related to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Organized by the National Minority AIDS Council  (NMAC), the conference brings together more than 2,000 participants from…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports $14.2 Million in Awards to 8 States to Improve HIV Testing and Engagement in Care

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This week, our partners at CDC announced that eight state health departments have been awarded a total of $14.2 million in first-year funding under a new, innovative, three-year cross-HHS demonstration project aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The eight states – Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia – have a…