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White House Meeting on HIV Stigma Examines Interventions, Measures, Actions

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response

Summary: On March 3, ONAP and NIH co-hosted the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response. As we approach the 35th anniversary of the first case reports of what would later come to be known as HIV/AIDS, we can rightfully celebrate that we now have an array of effective tools to prevent…

“It is Possible to Dream”

Teresa Mbalane, who has been receiving HIV treatment since 2004, with CDC Mozambique Director Edgar Monterroso. Teresa receives treatment via PEPFAR funding distributed by CDC Mozambique to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Summary: Teresa inspires and mobilizes people living with HIV and their families to live positively by sharing her story. “Today, it is possible to dream—when we thought that life was over,” says Teresa Joaquim Mbalane, a 50-year-old mother of four living with HIV in Mozambique. “Now I try to pass my experience on to others.”…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

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Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently…

HRSA Recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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On March 10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will join millions of people across the country to commemorate the 11th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This observance highlights the impact of HIV and AIDS on this population and raises public awareness about the challenges women and girls face when accessing…

Stigma can kill: Making a difference for tomorrow

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Stigma killed my partner John. He died in 1994, less than a year before he could have gotten effective antiretroviral therapy that might have stopped HIV from taking his life. There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today. John was really angry when…

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain

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Summary: Data released at this year’s CROI meeting demonstrates need for continued focus and action. This week, I’m in Boston for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). It’s one of the premier scientific meetings where we hear the latest research in HIV prevention and treatment. Last year, for example, researchers presented undeniable…

Half of black gay men and a quarter of Latino gay men projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime

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If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, presented…

The President’s Budget, Investing in our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: How does President Obama’s final budget request prioritize the needs of people living with and at high risk of HIV? Yesterday, the President released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget in which he shows our continued focus on the biggest challenges facing the Nation, not just for the coming year but for decades to come….