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May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

KNOW MORE HEPATITIS. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month.

Every May, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our public health partners across the nation observe Hepatitis Awareness Month. This year, we are very pleased to be marking this observance during a time of increased awareness about and collaboration around viral hepatitis –due in…

Eliminating Disparities in HIV/AIDS

J. Nadine Gracia

As we commemorate National Minority Health Month during April, we recognize that this is truly a moment of unprecedented opportunity for health equity – including equity in HIV prevention and care. One year after the launch of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)’ first-ever Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities…

AIDS 2012: Bringing It Home

Neil Giuliano

The AIDS 2012 Opening Session is less than three months away. Between now and then, we will continue to blog about the US government’s participation at the conference. We encourage you to also read blog posts from our non-federal colleagues. AIDS 2012 is a conference where we all come together — public, private, non-profits. The…

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Important Allies in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Universities and colleges play an important role in the nation’s response to HIV/AIDS—educating young people; preparing the next generations of health care providers, researchers, teachers, and public health professionals; conducting research that helps us improve our response; and even educating their faculty, staff and communities about HIV/AIDS. In fact, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy points specifically…

FDA Advisory Committees to Examine a Number of HIV Issues in May

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has three important advisory committee meetings scheduled in May that may impact HIV prevention, detection, and treatment. On May 10, 2012, FDA’s Antiviral Advisory Committee will discuss expanding the indication of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) tablet, made by Gilead Sciences, Inc., to include use for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP),…

Encouraging Health Care Providers to Reach Youth for STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the important role health care providers can play in supporting the sexual health of their patients. STDs can affect people from all walks of life, but adolescents and young people are disproportionately impacted. Estimates suggest…

We’re Launching HHS’ New Open Government Plan, Version 2.0

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At AIDS.gov, we are committed to the Open Government Initiative. This initiative aims to make operations and data more transparent, and expand opportunities for citizen participation, collaboration, and oversight. It’s  important to the HIV community and for public health. The Locator API is one way we are working to support this initiative, along with our…

White House LGBT Conference on HIV/AIDS Next Week

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Next week, the White House is hosting the next in its series of conferences on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and the topic of focus will be HIV/AIDS. Hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine,…