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The Strategy in Action. Communities respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

HHS regional offices have continued to support regional and local conversations about implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) in recent months. Meetings convened by Department of Health and Human Services’ regional offices are part of ongoing efforts to work toward the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) goal of achieving a more coordinated national response to…

Common application for HIV patient assistance program expedites application process for lifesaving drugs

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Editorial Note: See CPAPA for updates to the form. The Common Patient Assistance Program Application (CPAPA), announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the International AIDS Conference in July, went into effect today. This single common application allows uninsured individuals living with HIV to use one application to apply for multiple…

Mapping Epidemics

Dr. Kim Elmore

The NCHHSTP Atlas—an online visualization tool for surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is the latest innovation of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Using the Atlas allows you to identify areas of the United States and U.S. territories that are most affected by HIV,…

Celebrating National Recovery Month and Associated Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

September marks the 23rd annual observance of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).  Our colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) organize Recovery Month as an observance to educate Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable people with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live…

The Federal Digital Strategy and Opportunities for the Federal HIV Work Force

Digital Government Strategy

On May 23, 2012, the White House released the Digital Government Strategy (PDF), a twelve-month roadmap to build a 21st Century Digital Government that delivers better digital services to the American people. The AIDS.gov team has been closely following the progress of the Strategy from development to implementation.  We see the Strategy as an opportunity…

Natural Disasters and People Living with HIV and AIDS

Picture of a tornado

Hurricane Isaac’s impact on the Gulf Coast last week, ongoing forest fires in several Western states, and today’s earthquake in Costa Rica are all reminders of the importance of disaster preparedness, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS. In recognition of September’s observance of National Preparedness Month, we’re re-posting this blog entry from May 2011. Read…

Hepatitis Testing Saves Lives

Kevin Fenton CDC

CDC’s “Recommendations for the Identification of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Persons Born During 1945–1965” was published August 16, 2012 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The new recommendations call for all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 or “baby boomers” to get a one-time blood test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV)….

Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Grand Rounds at the CDC

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This week, I traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta to present at CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, an ongoing series of monthly presentations on health-related topics pertinent to the health of Americans. This session consisted of four presentations directly relevant to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). After introductory…