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HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

Ronald Valdiserri

The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

CDC Director Frieden Opens CROI

Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opened the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 3, 2013. In welcoming the more than 4,000 conference participants from 91 countries to the city in which CDC is headquartered, Dr. Frieden reflected on both…

Report on HIV Testing in HRSA-Funded Health Centers

Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (PRNewsFoto/Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services)

Earlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on a study about HIV testing practices at HRSA-funded health centers. These health centers are important partners in our coordinated efforts to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS): reducing new HIV…

Rapid, On-site HIV Testing: Increases Life Expectancy and Is Cost-effective

Dr. Jacques Normand

Incorporating rapid HIV testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence . This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid…

Family Planning Providers Key in Fight Against HIV

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Trends in HIV Testing in Title X Service Sites

The Title X Family Planning Program, administered by the HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA), provides funding to more than 4,000 service delivery sites across the country to support voluntary, confidential, and low-cost education, counseling, testing, and related preventive health services that allow individuals and couples to plan and space births. The family planning service…

Storify: Curating Social Media for Worlds AIDS Day 2012

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World AIDS Day logo

On December 1, 2012, agencies across the U.S. Government joined together to observe World AIDS Day. To demonstrate the theme of “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation,” agencies used social media to share policy updates, release new data, promote HIV testing, and address HIV stigma. Social media moves fast, so you may have missed some…

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Invites Public Comment on Draft Recommendations Related to HIV & HCV Screening

USPSTF

Recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) issued draft recommendations pertaining to HIV and viral hepatitis screening and is inviting public comments on both. The Task Force is an independent group of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical…

Celebrating Community Health Centers

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Health Center Week

This week, we join our colleagues across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in celebrating the work of the HHS-supported community health centers during National Health Center Week. The centers provide preventive and primary care services to more than 20 million Americans every year and are important partners in implementing the National HIV/AIDS…