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Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Awards FY12 Funds to Address HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities

Ronald Valdiserri

In late spring, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) announced the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) awards by the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). The fund made 29 competitive awards (PDF 2MB) ranging in size from $200,000 to $6,800,000 to ten HHS…

Looking to AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide Together

Eric Goosby 120

Editor’s Note: With less than a month away from the XIX International AIDS Conference, we are reposting the following blog post to raise awareness around the U.S. global response to HIV/AIDS. For the first time in over 20 years, the biannual International AIDS Conference will take place on American soil. From July 22-27, AIDS 2012…

Viral Hepatitis: A Health Concern for Gay and Bisexual Men Deserving Attention During LGBT Pride Month

Dr. Valdiserri

As Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius noted in her recent statement, observing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June spotlights HHS’s commitment to addressing the special health needs of LGBT Americans which includes reducing health disparities for them and members of other vulnerable communities. Among those disparities is…

President Highlights HIV/AIDS at LGBT Pride Month Reception

Dr. Grant Colfax

President Barack Obama highlighted HIV/AIDS during his remarks at an LGBT Pride Month reception hosted at the White House on June 15, 2012. Paying tribute to the generations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who have devoted their lives to the fight for equality, the President also called attention to his Administration’s work to…

National HIV Awareness Month: The Solution Is All of U.S.

National HIV Awareness Month

The time has come! This July will be the inaugural National HIV Awareness Month (NHAM), an unprecedented opportunity to rally the American people through awareness and action to turn the tide of the HIV epidemic here at home. According to the CDC, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in this country. Further, every…

Increasing HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Dr. Valdiserri

Although the U.S. has made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections among injection drug users and their sexual partners, CDC estimates that injection drug users represented 9% of new HIV infections in 2009 and 17% of those living with HIV in 2008.  Since the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic began, more than 175,000 injection…

Historic New Media Call to Action at AIDS 2012

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We sent our first tweet in on August, 2008 from the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Four years and 3,265 tweets later, we are gearing up for yet another International AIDS Conference. At this year’s conference, we will be hosting a satellite session titled “The State of New Media and HIV.” During the session,…

Avatars – Reaching Gay Men

Many Shades of Gay

In the past we have highlighted the work of our colleagues who are using virtual tools to reach their target audience. This month, LGBTQ pride month, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) launched a new campaign that incorporates the use of avatars and texting to promote HIV testing. We asked them to share more about…