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U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 1

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Magic Johnson and Wendy Williams

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS among Women “Not without women will we turn the tide on HIV/AIDS,” declared…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports $14.2 Million in Awards to 8 States to Improve HIV Testing and Engagement in Care

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Ronald Valdiserri

This week, our partners at CDC announced that eight state health departments have been awarded a total of $14.2 million in first-year funding under a new, innovative, three-year cross-HHS demonstration project aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The eight states – Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia – have a…

The Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Mental Health

Dr. Nils Daulaire

As AIDS 2012 (the XIX International AIDS Conference) continues in Washington, DC, we are reminded of the numerous, multiple, and far-reaching impacts this epidemic has had in the past 30-plus years.  The burden of being HIV positive, or caring for loved ones living with the disease, is not restricted to the physical toll.  For many…

SAMHSA Seeking Applications for $131.5 Million for Activities that Advance the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through Behavioral Health

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) recently released funding announcements for two programs whose purposes are closely aligned with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. “Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS are often interrelated issues and must be addressed in comprehensive ways,” said Gretchen Stiers, Ph.D., Director, Division of Policy Coordination in SAMHSA’s Office of Policy,…

Increasing HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Dr. Valdiserri

Although the U.S. has made progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections among injection drug users and their sexual partners, CDC estimates that injection drug users represented 9% of new HIV infections in 2009 and 17% of those living with HIV in 2008.  Since the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic began, more than 175,000 injection…

Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders

Our colleagues at SAMHSA have just released a new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP), Addressing Viral Hepatitis in People With Substance Use Disorders. This is an important and helpful step toward achieving the fifth goal of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, which calls on us to ensure that persons…

SAMHSA and World AIDS Day—Using New Media

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“Leading with Science, Uniting for Action” is the U.S. Government (USG) theme for World AIDS Day 2011. This year, we are thankful for scientific advances in the response to HIV/AIDS—advances which have led Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to call for an “AIDS-free generation.” On December 1st, people all around the world will commemorate…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights of Day 2

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Phill Wilson, Founder/CEO of the Black AIDS Institute addresses the 2011 USCA (photo courtesy of E. Negron/NMAC)

This is the second in our series of daily highlights from USCA 2011. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was featured prominently again in several sessions. Game Changers – Redefining HIV Yesterday’s inspiring and thought provoking plenary session challenged the more than 2,500 participants to contemplate how advances in HIV are redefining their roles. The session opened…

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