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Learning From Our Global HIV/AIDS Programs

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Last week, I was in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I attended the annual meeting of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Known as PEPFAR, this is the United States global HIV/AIDS program that was established by President Bush.  PEPFAR has been continued and strongly supported by President Obama.  The focus of this Administration has…

National Women’s Health Week

National Women's Health Week. It's Your Time!

Yesterday was not only Mother’s Day, but it also was the start of the 12th annual National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). According to Nancy C. Lee, MD, Director of the Office on Women’s Health: The aim of this day is to raise public awareness about the importance of women’s health and encourage women and girls…

It is a Civil Right to Live Free from Discrimination on the Basis of HIV/AIDS Status

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When the Attorney General, Eric H. Holder, Jr., signed the Justice Department’s operational plan (PDF 354 KB) for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, he underscored the Department’s leadership role in eradicating discrimination against those living with HIV/AIDS. The Civil Rights Division has significant enforcement authority over the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act,…

Living With HIV Video: A Way to Educate Patients and Provide Support

Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is the largest Federal program devoted to a single disease. Every year more than half a million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States receive treatment. That is the foundation from which our Program is built. The involvement of the HIV/AIDS community continues to be central to our success…

Podcast on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson

We recently spoke with Deborah Parham Hopson, Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to receive an update on the Ryan White Program. The following podcast is a brief excerpt from that conversation focusing on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)…

HHS Region VIII Agencies Convene to Discuss National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation

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Strategy in Action

With efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) unfolding across the country, we thought it would be valuable to gather our Federal colleagues in this region to identify ways to coordinate and collaborate in our HIV/AIDS-related activities. After all, the NHAS calls for a more coordinated national response to the epidemic. To realize the…

Perspectives from Missouri

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Christopher Bates

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to spend time in Missouri speaking with audiences about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and learning about what they are doing to support implementation of the Strategy locally. As in other communities across the country, the folks I spoke to in Kansas City and Jefferson City are eager…

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part II)

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Gretchen Stiers