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HRSA Announces Funding Availability to Support New Part C Programs Offering Early HIV Intervention Services

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Last week, the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will support between 5 and 10 new Part C programs offering HIV early intervention services (EIS) in areas of the country where the HIV epidemic is increasing, demand for services has increased, and the…

FDA Advisory Committees to Examine a Number of HIV Issues in May

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has three important advisory committee meetings scheduled in May that may impact HIV prevention, detection, and treatment. On May 10, 2012, FDA’s Antiviral Advisory Committee will discuss expanding the indication of Truvada (emtricitabine/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) tablet, made by Gilead Sciences, Inc., to include use for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP),…

Encouraging Health Care Providers to Reach Youth for STD Awareness Month

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April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and the important role health care providers can play in supporting the sexual health of their patients. STDs can affect people from all walks of life, but adolescents and young people are disproportionately impacted. Estimates suggest…

CDC Launches ‘Take Charge. Take the Test.

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Today (March 14), during the White House “Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women & Gender Related Health Disparities” event, the newly announced Office of National AIDS Policy Director Dr. Grant Colfax spoke to those gathered at the White House. During his remarks he referred to the CDC’s social marketing HIV testing campaign for women, Take…

New Frontiers in HIV Testing

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It is understandable why advances in the development of anti-HIV drugs have so dominated media stories about the AIDS epidemic in recent years. The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy has had such a tremendous impact on HIV morbidity and mortality that early commentators of the phenomenon often referred to “the Lazarus effect” when describing…

Facebook, Instant Messaging, Skype and More—To Encourage HIV Testing

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Last month, we attended the 9th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities (AAMSM) in New Orleans, LA,  to encourage the use of new media in HIV/AIDS programs. Over 350 federal, state, and local health officials, community based organizations (CBOs), HIV/AIDS service providers, and community leaders gathered to share…

Strategy in Action: HIV Testing Innovations Contribute to NHAS Goal

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The Strategy in Action. Communities respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

With an estimated 20 percent of people living with HIV in the United States unaware of their status, strengthening our HIV testing efforts will be key to achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). Fortunately, many innovative HIV testing efforts are underway in communities across the country. HIV testing is integral to HIV…

Taking the AIDS.gov HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator to Facebook

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HIV/AIDS Locator on Facebook

Eight hundred million people are active users of Facebook , according to the site’s own statistics. That’s one in nine people living today. Of those 800 million, over 50% check their account on a daily basis. Because it serves as a connecting point for millions, we developed a Facebook app with our HIV/AIDS Prevention and…