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STD Awareness Month

April is STD Awareness Month, an opportunity for all of us in the HIV prevention, treatment, and care arena to be reminded of—and educate others about—the vital role that sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, testing, and treatment play in comprehensive programs to prevent and treat HIV. Simply stated, having an untreated STD increases the risk…

AIDS United Announces $1 Million Investment in Grants to Help HIV-Positive People Stay in Care

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Ronald Valdiserri

AIDS United , a national organization dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States, recently announced $1 million in grants to seven organizations from diverse communities across the U.S. to help define and expand programs that help keep HIV-positive people in care and on treatment. The grants are part of a new $4 million…

Conversations from CROI 2013: HRSA’s Dr. Laura Cheever

Cheever CROI 2013

In the final episode in my series of conversations from the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) (held in Atlanta earlier this month), I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Laura Cheever, HRSA’s Acting Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau. At CROI, she and her colleagues shared a new analysis of the…

Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Mermin Croi 2013

During the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta earlier this month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. We discussed some of the important research findings being shared at the conference and their implications for our efforts to respond effectively…

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Releases Preliminary Data on the Continuum of HIV Care among Ryan White Clients at CROI 2013

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New data shows that the majority of patients receiving medical care funded by the Federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RW) are virally suppressed. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) presented the data on the continuum of HIV care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and…

Conversations from CROI 2013: ONAP’s Dr. Grant Colfax

Dr. Grant Colfax at CROI

While at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy. We discussed the role science plays in helping us achieve the vision of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as some of…

New Video Illustrates HIV Treatment Cascade

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A new animated video provides a brief overview of HIV in the United States and illustrates how improvements along each step of the treatment cascade can help us achieve an AIDS-free generation.  We are grateful to Gilead for sharing the video, which debuted last fall at the 2012 U.S. Conference on AIDS , the nation’s…