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

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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…

PrEP: Will We Succeed or Fail?

Rich prep blog - May 12 - Congressional PrEP Briefing - copped May 2016

Last week I was invited to participate in a Congressional briefing on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that was sponsored by the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. The briefing brought together speakers with policy, clinical, and community experience in working to improve awareness of, access to, and use of PrEP. I very…

CDC’s New Risk Reduction Tool: Exploring Prevention Options

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New biomedical approaches to HIV, such as routine use of ART to treat and prevent HIV, and the use of PrEP and PEP, require changes and greater precision in how we communicate about HIV prevention.  In December 2015, at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, CDC launched a pilot version of a new tool…

“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

Rich Wolitski and Douglas Brooks - rich blog April 6 2016

That lyric from the Broadway musical Rent played over again and again in my head as I sat down to write this blog about the work that my friend Douglas Brooks has done at The White House. Our accomplishments in life are measured and weighed in many different ways. Douglas’ life story is still being…

March 20 is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing and awareness in Native communities. March 20, 2016 marks the 10th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting Bold Voices of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders.” HIV/AIDS testing is free…

XOXO: Put Your #BestDefense Into Play

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Editor’s Note: As we lead up to this week’s observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, here are HIV prevention tips and resources from the Office on Women’s Health.  Ever heard the phrase “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense”? Sure, it’s generally a sports phrase, but why can’t it apply to sex,…

Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Research Update: NIH’s Dr. Dieffenbach on CROI 2016 (Video)

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As the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  came to a close in Boston on February 25, we spoke with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about some of the highlights of the HIV research presented there. He notes that there…