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Honoring Dr. Mark Colomb’s Contribution to the Response to HIV

Dr. Mark Colomb

This week we lost another leader in the HIV community. Dr. Mark Colomb (1963-2011) was passionately committed to Mississippi and other southern communities; and he focused on responding to the needs of Black men who have sex with men. Dr. Colomb participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) consultation which resulted in the…

Working with the Community to Reduce New HIV Infections Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

LGBT NHAS Meeting

“The United States cannot reduce the number of HIV infections nationally without better addressing HIV among gay and bisexual men.” So declares the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), boldly and accurately. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gay men make up approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 53 percent…

Honoring Elizabeth Taylor’s Work in the HIV Community

Elizabeth Taylor testifying at a congressional hearing

AIDS.gov joins our colleagues at organizations such as amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and POZ in recognizing the passing of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011). In addition to being known as an Oscar-winning actress, Ms. Taylor was truly committed to responding to HIV from the early days of the epidemic. In…

Report by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status

James Albino

On March 16, the White House released the Report by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. That report contained a number of recommendations related to Puerto Rico’s political status and economic development; it also addressed the need for HIV outreach and education, especially for Puerto Rico’s veterans.   In July 2011, the President…

One Year: The Affordable Care Act

HealthCare.gov: Take health care into your own hands.

A year ago this week, President Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act into law.  In just one year, the Affordable Care Act has already given Americans more freedom and control over their health care choices. The Affordable Care Act is working to lower health care costs for families and businesses. It also is working…

Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Health Care System Capacity for Increased HIV Testing and Provision of Care

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Today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its third and final report in a project commissioned by the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Entitled “HIV Screening and Access to Care: Health Care System Capacity for Increased HIV Testing and Provision of Care,” the report examines the current capacity of the health care system to…

IHS Statement on National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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This Sunday, March 20, marks the 5th observance of National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day is set aside to acknowledge that HIV continues to threaten the health and well-being of Native communities.  On this day we celebrate our successes and plan how to best continue working in partnership to address HIV and AIDS…

Defying the Odds: End the Rise of HIV/AIDS in Native American Communities

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HIV remains a highly stigmatized condition. It is a serious medical condition and people still die of AIDS.  Nonetheless, we have highly effective treatments for people living with HIV and better tools than ever before to prevent infection. As uncomfortable as it may be for some people to talk about HIV and AIDS, discussing the…