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...]

Social Networks to promote HIV Testing, is it working?

At AIDS 2012, the world’s largest HIV conference, AIDS.gov released a new media declaration where we encouraged stakeholders in the HIV community to assess how they can use new media to extend the reach of their HIV program messages. For National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27, I have gathered a few examples of organizations that have used online social networking strategies to extend the reach of their HIV testing and prevention programs. Putting People First I spoke with Annajane Yolken … [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...]

Rapid HIV Testing, Increase Life Expectancy, Cost Effective

Incorporating Rapid HIV Testing in drug treatment programs is both cost effective and increases life expectancy for an HIV-positive person, according to an NIH-funded study published in September 2012 in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. This study expands upon a previous finding of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling Study that showed that onsite rapid HIV testing in substance abuse treatment programs correlated with increased … [Read more...]

The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test now FDA Approved

FDA approves 'The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test' The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter home-use rapid HIV test kit to detect the presence of antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and type 2 (HIV-2). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is designed to allow individuals to collect an oral fluid sample by swabbing the upper and lower … [Read more...]

HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

HIV Testing, Including Rapid Testing, in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs … [Read more...]

National HIV Testing Day – JUNE 27

With National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) approaching on June 27, our partners at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion(ODPHP) are putting the spotlight on HIV status awareness with an upcoming webinar and some new tools for community and public health partners. ODPHP, also located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, plays a vital role in developing and coordinating a wide range of national disease prevention and health promotion activities. Starting in January … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator to Facebook

Taking the AIDS.gov HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Provider Locator to Facebook   Eight hundred million peopleare active users of Facebook ,according to the site’s own statistics. That’s one in nine people living today. Of those 800 million, over 50% check their account on a daily basis.Because it serves as a connecting point for millions, we developed a Facebook app with our HIV/AIDS Prevention and Service Provider Locator (the Locator). This allows users to search for … [Read more...]

SAMHSA awards approximately $1.3 million to help communities

SAMHSA awards approximately $1.3 million to help communities offer expanded HIV testing, counseling, and referral for care The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing that it is awarding approximately $1.3 million in one year federal grants, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) Secretariat Emergency Fund, to expand the capacity of current SAMHSA MAI grantees to provide rapid … [Read more...]

Social Media for Nonprofits, Mindy Nichamin – Aids.gov

Last month, I attended Social Media for Nonprofits in San Francisco, a conference series taking place in cities across the country. The conferences bring together social media experts and nonprofit leaders to share what’s working in fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. I learned about several social media tools and tips relevant for the AIDS community. Participate. Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment, gave the keynote presentation and emphasized how to maintain your social media presence … [Read more...]

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day‏

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day “Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV ­– for me, for you, for everyone.” That’s the motto for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19. According to the Banyan Tree Project, which sponsors this Awareness Day on behalf of a wide cross-section of organizations serving Asians and Pacific Islanders: “Saving face” is a common cultural concept in A&PI communities, where individuals seek to … [Read more...]

SAMHSA, Behavioral Health – National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)

  Behavioral Health and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (Part I)   As the recently appointed Federal inter-agency liaison for HIV/AIDS at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), I am pleased to join the discussion here on the AIDS.gov blog about how the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is being implemented across the Federal government. In support of the NHAS, SAMHSA is engaged in a variety of activities that address the behavioral health needs of people at high … [Read more...]

Meico Whitlock, AIDS.gov Fellow – Foursquare

    Foursquare: Where are We on World AIDS Day?       Yesterday, on World AIDS Day, we re-dedicated ourselves to raising awareness about an epidemic that has claimed far too many lives. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on the many tools we use to reach our audience and whether they are appropriate for the messages we are trying to communicate. Since there has been a great deal of buzz about global positional systems, or GPS-enabled applications and services that determine your … [Read more...]

WORLD AIDS Day – December 1, 2010

    World AIDS Day     December 1, 2010     Every year on December 1, we commemorate World AIDS Day to bring attention to the tremendous impact of the HIV epidemic in the United States and around the world. In observance of World AIDS Day, today CDC launched a special report, CDC Vital Signs on HIV Testing in the United States, in recognition of the pivotal role that HIV testing plays in our national HIV prevention strategy. Some highlights of the CDC Vital Signs report on HIV testing … [Read more...]

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