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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…

Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Federal Viral Hepatitis Leadership group - March 2016

Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

Measuring Stigma: Where Do We Go From Here?

Laura Nyblade - stigma graph - blog image

Prejudices and negative attitudes directed towards people living with HIV have very real consequences: Stigma discourages people from getting tested for HIV, sharing their HIV positive status with loved ones, and seeking care and sticking to treatment. Yet in the early years of the HIV epidemic, it was thought that the stigma surrounding HIV was…

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma Examines Interventions, Measures, Actions

White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response

Summary: On March 3, ONAP and NIH co-hosted the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma: Research for a Robust Response. As we approach the 35th anniversary of the first case reports of what would later come to be known as HIV/AIDS, we can rightfully celebrate that we now have an array of effective tools to prevent…