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Achieving the Goals of the NHAS for Women

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Women supporting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

One-fourth of Americans living with HIV are women. In the United States, the disease disproportionately impacts women of color: The HIV infection rate among Black women is 15 times that of white women and the rate among Hispanic women is more than four times that of white women, according to the most recent data from…

Observing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day in an Aging Epidemic

Deborah Parham Hopson

Four years ago, the nation began its observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (September 18). The fact that we get to observe this day reflects a sharp contrast to where we were when CDC reported the first cases of AIDS 30 years ago. Once a death sentence, HIV disease has evolved into a…

SAMHSA Launches Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS Web Page

SAMHSA Behavioral Health and HIV/AIDS

Our HHS colleagues at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently launched a new page on their website devoted to behavioral health and HIV/AIDS. SAMHSA is dedicated to promoting wellness and reducing the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities and is among the Federal partners collaborating to implement…

Using Video to Tell Your Story: Reflections on 30 Years of AIDS and the One-Year Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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I am the Strategy. Are You?

More than half of all internet users have watched and downloaded online videos according to the The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project . And over the past few weeks, we’ve shared videos about the importance of HIV testing and the progress that has been made since the first cases of AIDS were…

Congressional Briefing on the Anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Congressional Briefing 7/13/11

On the one-year anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy last week, I joined Mr. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the White House Office on National AIDS Policy (ONAP), Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, and several colleagues from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at a Congressional briefing organized by Congresswoman Barbara…

Models: Tools to Improve Decision Making about HIV

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Ronald Valdiserri

For those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS field, the month of July was dominated by exciting HIV prevention news coming out of the International AIDS Society meeting in Rome. Results from the HPTN 052 study showed that early, compared to delayed, antiretroviral treatment resulted in a 96% reduction in HIV transmission to uninfected…

White House Commemorates World Hepatitis Day 2011

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Today, I was honored to participate in a special White House event to commemorate the first official World Hepatitis Day.  This event was one of many held across the United States and around the world for communities to join together and focus attention on the global health threat of viral hepatitis and promote actions to…

Federal Leads Review Progress at One-Year Anniversary

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On the eve of the first anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), representatives of the six federal agencies tasked by the President with lead responsibility for implementing NHAS gathered for one of our regular meetings and shared updates on implementation progress. Chairing the meeting, the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh, praised the…