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HIV Among Youth in the U.S.: Protecting a Generation

Kevin Fenton CDC

In the latest edition of Vital Signs, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, we reported that one in four new HIV infections in the United States were among young people between the ages of 13 and 24. That is about 12,000 youth, or about 1,000 per month, were infected with HIV…

Justice Department: Fighting Discrimination against People Living with HIV

Department of Justice

[Editor’s note: As we approach World AIDS Day, we reflect on the fact that many things have happened this year that affect people living with HIV/AIDS and those who care for them, including the release of important new documents and Federal resources. We wanted to call your attention to two recent announcements from the U.S....

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living with HIV to Improve their Health

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Across the country, many people are preparing to take an important step to improve their health tomorrow (11/15/2012); they are planning to quit smoking. Why tomorrow? It’s the 37th Great American Smokeout . Organized annually by the American Cancer Society , the observance encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit,…

New Resource Highlights Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Ronald Valdiserri

I would like to call your attention to an excellent new resource that can help advance our efforts to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV: “Innovations in Oral Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS ,” a special supplement to Public Health Reports (the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service). This…

Natural Disasters and People Living with HIV and AIDS

Picture of a tornado

Hurricane Isaac’s impact on the Gulf Coast last week, ongoing forest fires in several Western states, and today’s earthquake in Costa Rica are all reminders of the importance of disaster preparedness, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS. In recognition of September’s observance of National Preparedness Month, we’re re-posting this blog entry from May 2011. Read…

Indian Health Service at the AIDS 2012 Conference

Indian Helath Service

As the Indian Health Service (IHS) prepares to participate in the AIDS 2012  conference later this week, I am reminded of both the mission of the Indian Health Service and the importance of collaboration with our partners within the HIV community. The IHS is fully committed to helping our nation move toward an AIDS- free…

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV

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…

First Glimpse of The AIDS Memorial Quilt In Washington This Week

AIDS Memorial Quilt Logo

It’s hard to believe that what started with a single panel has now grown to become the world’s largest work of living folk art, now 48,000 panels and counting. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is now an enormous 1.3 million square feet (50 miles) and 54 tons, making it no longer possible to display in a…