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LGBT Health: Celebrating Our Progress and Looking Ahead

HHS Pride blog image - cropped HER size - June 2016

Summary: Here at HHS, our support for LGBT health and wellbeing has spanned across the department. If there is a single thread which ties together the incredible work done by each member of the Health and Human Services family, it is the belief that every American deserves the same opportunity to live a healthy, happy…

An AIDS-free world is possible, but do we have the will to achieve it?

About 100 demonstrators protested on the steps of New York's City Hall on Friday, Nov. 15, 1985 as a City Council committee considered legislation to bar pupils and teachers with the AIDS virus from public schools. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Thirty-five years ago this week, our lives — and the lives of millions of people around the globe — changed forever with the publication of a report of five previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles diagnosed with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a disease typically seen only in those with profoundly impaired immune function. As two…

Global Effort to End AIDS Would Save Millions of Lives

NIH Director blog - HIV virus with AIDS ribbons - cropped June 2016

Almost 37 million people around the world are now infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS [1]. But many don’t know they are infected or lack access to medical care. Even though major strides have been made in treating the infection, less than half receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) that could prevent…

NIH Statement on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Day 2016 - Fauci quote - cropped May2016

Advances in HIV/AIDS research have given us the opportunity to transform the lives of those living with HIV while providing highly effective methods of preventing the infection. This progress has strengthened optimism for achieving a durable end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. With an estimated two million new HIV infections occurring worldwide annually, however, controlling and…

With new data, states can better focus HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

CDC HIV prevention in the south - cropped May 2016

As CDC reported [PDF 2.3 MB] in December, our nation is making substantial but uneven progress on HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Over the past decade, new HIV diagnoses declined significantly among white MSM, but increased among Latino MSM. Among black MSM, the sharp increases we…

FDA Launches Campaign that Affirms LGBT Young Adults’ Freedom to Be, Tobacco Free

FDAThisFreeLife - cropped May 2016

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of “This Free Life,” the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new anti-smoking campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults. This is FDA’s first-ever national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults (ages 18-24) who are occasional…

Biomarker Tracks Accelerated HIV-Associated Aging

NIH logo - cropped - April 2016

Infection Adds Five Years on Average to Biological Age By measuring a molecular signature of aging, researchers have found that HIV infection accelerates aging, adding an average of five years to someone’s biological age. The more rapid aging is occurring in people receiving antiretroviral treatment, so that even though treatment enables them to live for…

Read All About It: Routine Screening for HIV Infection

PHR - Jan-Feb 2016 issue - image cropped

Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. The January/February 2016 issue offers 16 scholarly articles about “Implementing Routine HIV Screening in Clinical Settings.” This reading list presents data from HIV testing in diverse health care settings, such as community health centers, emergency departments, family planning clinics, and other…