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Measuring Meaningful HIV Clinical Care Outcomes

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Collecting and analyzing data are critical to the success of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) – we need to know what’s most effective in improving the health and wellness of the 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV. One challenge is the lack of consensus on what core indicators to use to…

Saving Face Can’t Make You Safe – HIV and the AAPI Community

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“Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV—for me, for you, for everyone.” The slogan is reflective of how Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders need to embrace the growing concern of HIV in our communities. Judging by recent activities the efforts to educate the community about HIV is having an impact. On May 19,…

Winning the Fight Against HIV in Children

Rajiv Shah

Over thirty years ago, when the fight against HIV first began, the outlook for tackling the pandemic was bleak. Across the world, AIDS was seen as a death sentence. Within just a few years, it had devastated communities from the United States to South Africa. But the world continued to fight, and the past three…

AIDS 2012 Satellite Meeting on Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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With only two months to go before we gather with colleagues from across the country and around the globe at AIDS 2012 in Washington, DC, HHS and other parts of our government are working on many facets of the U.S. government’s participation in this international conference hosted by the International AIDS Society . One of…

Tobacco Use Critical Issue for People with HIV

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Today, we join the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognizing World No Tobacco Day and the global devastation caused by tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, including 600,000 from secondhand smoke. If current trends continue, tobacco use will…

FDA and Partners Recommend Action to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Risk Among Health Care Personnel

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Yesterday, colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advanced one of the important action items detailed in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis Among Minority Communities

J. Nadine Gracia

Since 1991, routine vaccinations of infants has reduced hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection rates in children by more than 95 percent. And the incidence of acute hepatitis C (HCV) has declined 90 percent since 1992, in large part due to the screening of the blood supply. This progress illustrates the impact that public health policies…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis at the Department of Veterans Affairs

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes viral hepatitis as a highly prevalent chronic disease among Veterans in VA care. VA continues to be proactive in addressing viral hepatitis, and is actively taking part in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which is led by…