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USPSTF Invites Public Comment on Draft PrEP & HIV Screening Research Plans

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted three draft research plans on topics related to HIV prevention and screening and is inviting public comment. The three HIV research plans address: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV infection HIV infection screening in asymptomatic adolescents and adults HIV infection screening in pregnant women…

More HIV Research Highlights from CROI 2017

New scientific findings from two separate domains were among the key highlights shared during the second day of the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle, according to Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Dieffenbach and his colleague Anne…

HIV Diagnoses Have Decreased In The African American Community; Prevention And Care Necessary To Continue The Decline

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), held every year on February 7, has for 17 years been a time to encourage HIV prevention, testing, and access to care and treatment in the African American community. This year, it is a testament to public health and a strong community that the numbers of HIV and AIDS…

Back To The Future?

I’m always a bit of a basket case when World AIDS Day comes around each year. The day, which usually stretches into a week’s worth of events for me, stirs up a complex set of emotions in me. The memories of what it was like being diagnosed with HIV on World AIDS Day in 1994….

New HIV Prevention Model Published

Starting before I came to HHS in January 2016, I had the pleasure of being a part of discussions about the development of an HIV prevention model that would complement the HIV care continuum. This work was initiated under the leadership of Tim Horn and Jerimiah Johnson at the Treatment Action Group (TAG) in New…

New Federal Actions Discussed at National PrEP Summit

Earlier this month at a national summit on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, I had the opportunity to share some highlights of federal activities to support scaling up this important HIV prevention tool as well as my personal perspectives as a PrEP user. The NMAC HIV PrEP Summit brought together a diverse group of 600…

Speakers Announced for June 20 Listening Session on PrEP

Fourteen organizations will provide comments on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) during a community listening session next Monday, June 20, 2016 hosted by the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, and the HHS Office of Minority Health.  The session will be conducted via webinar  from…

Strengthening Federal Efforts on PrEP and PEP

Improving knowledge about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and access for those who need it most are national priorities. In order to promote and improve the dissemination of accurate information about PrEP, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) co-hosted a webinar on June 2, 2016 for Federal…