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PrEP: From Agreement to Action

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“The science has spoken… There can now be no excuse for inaction.” At last week’s National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, many participants were in agreement with this call to action from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.  The evidence is clear that antiretroviral medicine…

National HIV Prevention Conference: Day 4 Recap

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The final plenary of NHPC 2015 focused on the issues of sexual health for youth, the need to deliver effective HIV prevention messages, and the role social media can play in public health outreach. The session also featured closing remarks by CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and retiring HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr….

National HIV Prevention Conference: Day 3 Recap

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Dr. Laura Cheever, Associate Administrator of the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration, introduced the Day 3 plenary, which focused on issues related to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gave his assessment of the current state of PrEP and…

FACT SHEET: World AIDS Day 2015 – The Time to Act Is Now

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Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted by The White House to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, 2015. Today, in conjunction with World AIDS Day, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy is releasing the Federal Action Plan for 2016-2020 [PDF 581 KB], which outlines specific Federal agency actions to implement the…

World AIDS Day: Making Strides Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

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On the first World AIDS Day in 1988, people living with HIV/AIDS faced an uncertain future. On average, those with AIDS lived only 19 to 30 months after their diagnosis. They had very few treatment options. And in the United States, many couldn’t get the medical care they needed because insurance companies could deny them…

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2015: Follow the Science to Fast-Track the End of AIDS

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When the first cases of what would become known as AIDS were reported in 1981, scientists and physicians did not know the cause and had no therapies to treat those who were infected. Times have changed and today physicians can offer their patients highly effective medicines that work as both treatment and prevention. We can…

PrEP: A Powerful Prevention Tool

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Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2015 HIV Vital Signs focusing on preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This Vital Signs includes two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR), one from CDC and one from New York State Department of Health: Vital Signs: Estimated Percentages and Numbers of Adults with Indications for Preexposure…

Every Dose, Every Day (TM): New Tool to Improve Medication Adherence

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Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control has developed a new digital toolkit to promote medical adherence. This online resource includes a mobile app and can be used by providers as well as people living with HIV. CDC recently published the Every Dose, Every DayTM toolkit online. This toolkit offers assistance to both health care…