Dr. Andrew D. Forsyth

Senior Science Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

NEW WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE – Transparency, Ownership, Accountability: Monitoring the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: The Administration releases the Indicator Supplement — a companion document to the recently updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Last month, the Administration, led by the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 [PDF 2.3MB] at an event at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. The Update aims to…

New Tool Available to Fight Insurance Discrimination Against Persons Living with HIV Infection

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Discrimination against persons living with HIV (PLWH) can take many forms in health care. Issues that have been raised include health insurers’ charging higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and their use of structured prescription drug benefits that limit access to HIV medical care and antiretroviral medications. Recently, the Harvard University Law School’s Center…

ONAP Town Halls in Oakland, San Francisco Identify Challenges, Progress on HIV

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Editor’s note: This week we continue our look back at some of the summer’s HIV/AIDS community highlights. Today we share reflections from our colleague Dr. Andrew Forsyth on two listening sessions held by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in the San Francisco Bay area earlier this summer. On June 24 and 26,…

Iowa Modernizes HIV Criminalization Law


On May 30, 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill making substantial revisions to the state’s HIV criminalization law. The new legislation rewrote state law 709c, which was originally passed in 1998 and made it a felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, for persons living with HIV infection (PLWH)…

Health Affairs Press Briefing: The ACA and Vulnerable Americans Living with HIV/AIDS

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On March 11, the health policy journal Health Affairs  hosted a briefing at the National Press Club to highlight its March 2014 edition entitled, “The ACA and Vulnerable Americans: HIV/AIDS; Jails .” The volume features a number of economic and modeling analyses that make a compelling case for the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…

Scientific Advances on the HIV Care Continuum Presented at CROI

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Among the scientific advances highlighted at the 21st Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston, Massachusetts this week were a number of new studies addressing the provision of essential care to persons living with HIV infection, including diagnosis, linkage and retention in care, initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART), and achievement of durable viral…

Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Plan Aligns with National Strategy to End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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In September 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of HIV/AIDS released its latest strategic plan intended to further the state’s long-standing success in combating the HIV epidemic in the Commonwealth. As explained in the plan, advances in HIV prevention, diagnostics and treatment, as well as greater integration of public health and health…

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy…