World AIDS Day observance on December 1

This year’s World AIDS Day observance on December 1 is the 25th commemoration of the opportunity to bring attention to the impact of the HIV epidemic. We at AIDS.gov know some event planners may not focus year round on HIV awareness, yet want to plan an activity for December 1. With this in mind, and building on this year’s theme of “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation,” today we offer some questions and resources to help planners to get ready to mark World … [Read more...]

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – DAY 2

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS  (USCA) continued yesterday, Monday, September 9, 2013, in New Orleans with a rich series of sessions on topics addressing many aspects of the HIV care continuum. The Engagement Challenge: Step-Up and Lead President Obama’s July 2013 Executive Order creating the HIV Care Continuum Initiative called upon federal agencies and other HIV community stakeholders to sharpen their focus on better addressing the drop-offs along the continuum of HIV care as they … [Read more...]

Sebelius Approves Plans for Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees 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 common core indicators for … [Read more...]

Key Developments in HIV Research from IAS 2013

Last week, Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID shared brief reports from the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention (IAS 2013) with the AIDS.gov community via Skype. As Dr. Dieffenbach related, some key highlights of the conference included: Long-term HIV treatment strategies to address HIV as a chronic management disease; The value of the HIV treatment cascade (also known as the “care continuum”) as a tool for healthcare professionals, … [Read more...]

7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference

June 30, 2013, was the opening plenary of the 7th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment, and Prevention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. We asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to share highlights from the conference via Skype. Please see his reflections, below. - See more HERE.   Dr. Dieffenbach will be sharing highlights from the IAS Conference every day, … [Read more...]

Grant Funding Application for HIV Prevention in Digital Media, apply today!

We know that using new media can help HIV/AIDS service organizations extend the reach of their programs and messaging. At the same time, new media is helping to advance the goals of the Digital Government Strategy (DGS), which calls on us “to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives”? In order to use new media effectively, organizations need to develop communications plans to guide their efforts. To support that critical planning … [Read more...]

HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator

A Tool for Clinicians As an HIV physician who sees patients at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, I want to share a valuable resource for you and your patients with you. The HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator is a unique, online, location-based search tool that you can use with your patients and clients to help them access testing services, as well as resources for housing, mental health, substance abuse and more. The tool takes advantage of open data from HHS agencies such … [Read more...]

NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells

NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells Findings Have Implications for HIV Treatment WHAT: Untreated HIV infection destroys a person’s immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, reveals how HIV triggers a signal telling an infected immune cell to die. … [Read more...]

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27 (USA)

With the annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, and others encourage people to “Take the Test. Take Control”. Since NHTD was first observed in 2005, we have seen a tremendous rise in the use of new media tools. In June 2010, AIDS.gov launched the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator HERE. This is a location-based search tool that allows you to find HIV testing, housing assistance, health centers, Ryan White HIV … [Read more...]

FUTURE OF HEALTH DEPARTMENT HIV AND HEPATITIS PROGRAMS

For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have catalyzed the beginning of a radical transformation in our healthcare systems for communities impacted by HIV and hepatitis. In particular, the ACA … [Read more...]

THE ALPHABET SOUP OF HEPATITIS

Hepatitis is a broad term referring to inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by a variety of things, including toxins, certain drugs, heavy alcohol use, and bacterial infections—but most hepatitis infections are caused by viruses. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. Different types of hepatitis are labeled with letters from the alphabet. These include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. The most common types in the … [Read more...]

The 2014 Budget highlights the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The 2014 Budget highlights this Administration’s ongoing commitment to implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Budget also aligns with the President’s commitment to achieving the goals of the Strategy by investing in evidence-based interventions, focusing efforts in populations most affected by HIV, and supporting vital research. The Budget is a comprehensive plan that reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course. By making strategic and science-based investments … [Read more...]

HRSA WEBINARS ON ENGAGING HARD-TO-REACH POPULATIONS

Beginning later this week, the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host a series of webinars focused on engaging hard-to-reach populations in HIV care. The webinars will synthesize some of the successful practices in engaging hard-to-reach populations from HAB’s Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) population-specific initiatives, and will provide insights relevant to a wide range of audiences, from clinicians to social workers. Information on the first two of these webinars is … [Read more...]

HIV PREVENTION RESOURCE ALLOCATION MODELING PILOT (HIV RAMP)

The U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) calls on national, state and local programs to focus efforts in communities where HIV is concentrated and to target resources on tailored combinations of effective, evidence-based strategies. As jurisdictions work to apply these principles, some have employed resource allocation modeling to help inform their decision making about how best to utilize their available funds so as to maximize the number of new HIV infections averted.  Download MP3 As … [Read more...]

LGBT Health Awareness Week, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

'Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say that we have been working hard to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans. For example, we have released rules requiring Medicare … [Read more...]

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