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A (former) White House Intern’s Personal Reflection on AIDS

White House intern screenshot - May 2016 - cropped

When our (former) ONAP intern, Daniel, told me what prompted his interest in HIV/AIDS work, I was quite moved and wanted you all to hear his story, too. This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of…

The Evolution of Digital Image-Sharing

Some members of the AIDS.gov team, FacingAIDS, 2010

Images are an  important part of storytelling. For the HIV community, images have long provided a way to tell stories, share experiences, inspire people to get tested, etc. Images like those of ACT UP protests, or the AIDS Memorial Quilt…

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…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis Awareness-Month - cropped - May 2016

Each May, many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance…

Tools to Help Consumers Understand How to Use Their New Health Care Coverage

Coverage to care - cropped - April 2016

Health insurance can be a bit confusing at first for individuals who are new to health care coverage. However, there are many excellent resources to help consumers understand how to make the most of it. From Coverage to Care (C2C)…

PACHA Remembers Former Member Rev. Vanessa Sharp

Rev Sharp - cropped - April 2016

The members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) mourn the loss of Rev. Vanessa Sharp, whose four-year term on PACHA concluded last September. Vanessa died on April 7 in Atlanta. At Rev. Sharp’s memorial service recently, PACHA member…

Biomarker Tracks Accelerated HIV-Associated Aging

Research | April 27, 2016 Read the full post
NIH logo - cropped - April 2016
Cross-posted from National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)

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…

Twitter Polls: Same Channel, New Engagement

New Media | April 26, 2016 Read the full post
Screen capture of the AIDS.gov Twitter poll on April 8th.

AIDS.gov is always exploring how social media can amplify our engagement . Our unofficial motto is LETS (Learn, Explore, Try, Share) DO THIS! When Twitter Polls were launched in October 2015, we started watching some brands use them. Before we…