HIV Policy & Programs

Access to Hepatitis C Therapy Listening Session with Community Stakeholders

Ronald Valdiserri

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a listening session on the important issue of access to curative treatment for hepatitis C virus infection. While the advent of more effective, second-generation direct-acting antivirals for the treatment of hepatitis C represents a tremendous scientific accomplishment and a potential public health triumph, community…

HRSA Funding Opportunity Announcements for Regional AETCs, AETC National Resource Center

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HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) has released two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support the AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program. The FOAs are for Regional AETCs (HRSA-15-032) and an AETC National Coordinating Resource Center (HRSA-15-033). (Details on each FOA below.) The application due date for both is March 6, 2015. The mission of…

Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators, a Vital CDC Program Helping to Achieve the Goals of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

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Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators (VHPCs) are vital to the implementation of the nation’s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, and ultimately, achievement of 3 of the national goals of reducing viral hepatitis transmission and disease: Increase the proportion of persons who are aware of their hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection,…

HIV/AIDS Organizations Support Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment as Champions for Coverage


During our recent webinar, Toward an AIDS-free Generation: Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment for People Living with HIV, panelists discussed ways that HIV/AIDS organizations can help reach out to and enroll individuals, particularly from communities of color, in coverage available to them through the Health Insurance Marketplace. One way for organizations to get involved, explained…

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Enhancing HIV Prevention Communication and Mobilization Efforts Through Strategic Partnerships (PS15-1505)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Prevention Communication Branch (PCB) is pleased to announce the publication of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS15-1505: Enhancing HIV Prevention Communication and Mobilization Efforts Through Strategic Partnerships. This FOA was published on December 30, 2014…

Remembering Mario Cuomo’s Leadership on HIV/AIDS


The importance of leadership in the response to HIV/AIDS was underscored in a recent blog post by Julie Scofield, Executive Director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). In her post on the NASTAD blog  paying tribute to Mario Cuomo, the late former governor of New York and her former boss,…

Accelerating Progress Toward an AIDS-free Generation in 2015

Deborah Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

On World AIDS Day 2014, like many around the world, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) embraced the theme “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” This theme did not set the tone for just one day, but represents a driving principle that underpinned PEPFAR’s activities in 2014 and will drive action into…

Learning in 2015 from the 2014 NHAAAD social media experience


Editor’s note: As we look toward the 2015 national HIV/AIDS awareness days, today we provide one more post in our series of reflections on the importance of social media in expanding these observances. September 18, 2014 marked the 7th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day  (NHAAAD). As the community lead for this observance, we…