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Speakers Announced for June 20 Listening Session on PrEP

PrEP webinar - man with pill - cropped May 2016

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

PREP pill with woman - cropped June 2016

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…

Tools to Help Individuals Locate PrEP Prescribers

PrEP webinar - man with pill - cropped May 2016

More and more, individuals are learning about the potential impact of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). As awareness grows, so does the number of individuals seeking providers with whom they can discuss this highly effective HIV-prevention tool. Across the country, directories and locator tools in various forms are helping to link individuals with healthcare providers who…

Join the Listening Session on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on June 20 – Open Call for Speakers!

Man holding blue pill - webinar image

On Monday, June 20, 2016 the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and the HHS Office of Minority Health are partnering with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy to host a community listening session on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The session will be conducted via webinar from 1:30-3:00 pm (EDT). Improving…

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…

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

David Purcell - CDC - headshot - May 2016 - cropped

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…