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Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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For over 50 years, more than 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in 139 countries have worked to make communities around the world healthier and stronger. Volunteers work on projects ranging from sanitation, to malaria, maternal health, and HIV prevention—often impacting an entire community, village, or school at a time. Today, a major area of Volunteer service…

New Media Sessions and Activities at AIDS 2012

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The world’s largest and most important HIV-related scientific meeting is less than a week away. AIDS 2012 will bring together over 25,000 delegates (including 2,500 registered media representatives) for a week of scientific discussions and dialogue between and among scientists, healthcare providers, HIV/AIDS service organizations, advocacy groups, people living with HIV, and many others. It…

Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh Shares Hepatitis B Awareness Tools for AAPI Communities

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As we approach World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, we are reminded of the staggering impact of Hepatitis B in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPIs make up approximately 5% of the US population, but comprise over 50% of Americans with chronic Hepatitis B.  This means approximately 1 in 12 AAPIs are living…

NIH Leadership at the XIX International AIDS Conference

Dr. Jack Whitescarver

The hosting of the XIX International AIDS Conference in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, is a tremendous opportunity to reflect on how AIDS has affected the United States, and how the United States has worked to reduce the impact of the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. The first cases of what we…

What Africa Teaches Us: PEPFAR’s Transformation of the U.S. Domestic HIV Response

Dr. Shannon Hader

From July 22-27, people from around the world will converge on Washington, DC for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. The conference will return to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years. It’s fitting that the conference is taking place in the District, which is grappling with our own HIV battle. The…

FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection

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Today (July 16, 2012), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners. Truvada, taken daily, is to be used for…

Let’s Stop HIV Together

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched today a new national HIV awareness campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together.  The nationwide campaign takes aim at the stigma and complacency fueling the HIV epidemic in the United States. Research shows that while most Americans understand…

Engaging with Communities of Color Using New Media

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Panelists for the May 2012 AIDS.gov New Media and Communities of Color Discussion

Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and, according to CDC data, represent the majority of new AIDS diagnoses, new HIV infections, people living with HIV/AIDS, and AIDS deaths. At the same time, the Pew Internet & American Life Project recently reported  that communities of color…