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Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh Shares Hepatitis B Awareness Tools for AAPI Communities

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As we approach World Hepatitis Day on July 28th, we are reminded of the staggering impact of Hepatitis B in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPIs make up approximately 5% of the US population, but comprise over 50% of Americans with chronic Hepatitis B.  This means approximately 1 in 12 AAPIs are living…

NIH Leadership at the XIX International AIDS Conference

Dr. Jack Whitescarver

The hosting of the XIX International AIDS Conference in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC, is a tremendous opportunity to reflect on how AIDS has affected the United States, and how the United States has worked to reduce the impact of the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. The first cases of what we…

What Africa Teaches Us: PEPFAR’s Transformation of the U.S. Domestic HIV Response

Dr. Shannon Hader

From July 22-27, people from around the world will converge on Washington, DC for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. The conference will return to the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years. It’s fitting that the conference is taking place in the District, which is grappling with our own HIV battle. The…

FDA approves first drug for reducing the risk of sexually acquired HIV infection

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Today (July 16, 2012), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate), the first drug approved to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners. Truvada, taken daily, is to be used for…

Let’s Stop HIV Together

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched today a new national HIV awareness campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together.  The nationwide campaign takes aim at the stigma and complacency fueling the HIV epidemic in the United States. Research shows that while most Americans understand…

Engaging with Communities of Color Using New Media

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Panelists for the May 2012 AIDS.gov New Media and Communities of Color Discussion

Racial and ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic and, according to CDC data, represent the majority of new AIDS diagnoses, new HIV infections, people living with HIV/AIDS, and AIDS deaths. At the same time, the Pew Internet & American Life Project recently reported  that communities of color…

Second Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Ronald Valdiserri

Two years ago today, President Obama released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), the nation’s first-ever comprehensive coordinated HIV/AIDS plan for responding to the domestic epidemic, which articulated clear and measurable targets to be achieved by 2015. On this occasion, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on the noteworthy progress made over the past two…

AIDS 2012: Listening, Learning and Working Together to Help Turn the Tide

Dr. Howard Koh

This week, many in the HIV community are finalizing plans for participation in AIDS 2012 — be it in person, via webcast, or via social media. I feel honored to join my federal colleagues to prepare for the U.S. government’s presence at this historic meeting. The current wave of activities reminds me of the preparation…