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Youth Programme Aims to Strengthen the Participation of Young People at AIDS 2012

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If previous International AIDS Conferences are any indication, young people will comprise one of the most actively engaged delegations at AIDS 2012. This is welcomed news, as the leadership and involvement of young people is critical to the goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. HIV significantly affects young people. In the U.S., young people aged…

New Frontiers in HIV Testing

Ronald Validserri

It is understandable why advances in the development of anti-HIV drugs have so dominated media stories about the AIDS epidemic in recent years. The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy has had such a tremendous impact on HIV morbidity and mortality that early commentators of the phenomenon often referred to “the Lazarus effect” when describing…

Pursuing the Goals of the NHAS for Women

March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

As National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day nears, I wanted to share highlights of actions that have unfolded since our last blog post on achieving the goals of the NHAS for women. Impact of HIV on Women in the U.S. Nearly 300,000 women in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and, according to…

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Nancy C. Lee

Today, nearly 300,000 women are living with HIV in the United States. While men represent the majority of AIDS diagnoses, as well as new and existing HIV infections, the impact of HIV/AIDS on women has grown since the beginning of the epidemic. Compared with women of other races/ethnicities, African American women continue to be disproportionally…

The Impact of Missed Health Care Visits on HIV Outcomes and Mortality

Michael Holberg and Ron Valdiserri

At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) [external disclaimer] this week, Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health for Infectious Diseases, spoke with Dr. Michael Horberg, Director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). They discussed the paper Dr. Horberg is presenting…

Iris House: Reaching Women and Girls with a New Media Strategy

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Ingrid Floyd

Saturday, March 10 is National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day. We asked Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director of Iris House , to share how they are using new media to reach women and girls. Iris House was established in 1993 by the Women and AIDS Working Group and provides comprehensive services and advocacy for women,…

Advances in Science Advance the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Ronald Valdiserri

The President has committed to supporting a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that is “grounded in the best science.” Scientific research efforts have greatly expanded our understanding of HIV/AIDS and produced a large number of critical tools and interventions to help us diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV. The past year has been particularly productive with important…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

Our colleagues at SAMHSA have just released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders. This is an important and helpful step toward achieving the fifth goal of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which calls on us to ensure that persons…