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A Conversation With PACHA Chair Nancy Mahon
By Christopher Bates, M.P.A.
January 5, 2012

On December 1, 2011, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President of MAC Cosmetics and Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, to chair the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

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The Affordable Care Act and People Living With HIV/AIDS
By Miguel Gomez
January 4, 2012

One of the questions I get frequently is "how is the Affordable Care Act (the health care law of 2010) helping people living with HIV/AIDS?" The short answer is: in many ways. The detailed answer is more complex, but also much more exciting.

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On Mr. Crowley's Departure, Our Appreciation
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
December 16, 2011

This month, Mr. Jeffrey Crowley ends his tenure as President Obama's Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, positions he has held since 2009. We acknowledge, with sincere gratitude, Jeff's significant contributions to fulfilling the President's commitment to develop the United States' first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Since the Strategy's release in July 2010, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Jeff and his colleagues in ONAP to implement the Strategy across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other lead Federal Departments.

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American Leadership to Reach an AIDS-Free Generation
By Gayle Smith and Eric Goosby
December 1, 2011

Today President Obama was part of a very special World AIDS Day event. It is a day for solemn observance, to remember all those who have been lost to this disease over 30 years, and those still living with HIV today.

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NMAC's Big Audacious Goal: World AIDS Day 2011
By Paul A. Kawata
December 1, 2011

My generation stepped up to fight an epidemic that nobody cared about. We've endured the loss of countless friends and lovers. On World AIDS Day 2011, we can change the narrative of loss to one of victory. The first 15 years of our movement were mired in sickness and death. In 1996, protease inhibitors changed this so that the next 15 years were about living with the virus and trying to stop new infections. Let's mark this World AIDS Day as the beginning of the end!

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Getting to Zero on World AIDS Day
By Colleen Curtis
December 1, 2011

President Obama today marked World AIDS Day, speaking at an event called "The Beginning of the End of AIDS" where he outlined the progress that has been made in the global fight against the pandemic.

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Women's Health Issues Supplement Showcases Gender-Responsive National HIV/AIDS Programming for U.S. Women and Girls
By Vera Yakovchenko
November 7, 2011

A just-released special supplement to the journal Women's Health Issues provides in-depth information about gender-specific health considerations of U.S. women and girls in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and recommendations for national strategic programmatic improvements to meet their needs.

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Road to AIDS 2012 Town Hall Meetings Kick Off
By Jennie Anderson and Mindy Nichamin
October 13, 2011

Last month, the first Road to AIDS 2012 Town Hall meeting kicked off in San Francisco, California. This was the first of 15 meetings to be held across the country leading up to the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) (note: every Road to AIDS 2012 meeting is free and open to the public). AIDS 2012 is the largest gathering of people working in HIV and will take place July 22-27, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Remember Our History: More Musings From Paul Kawata
By Paul A. Kawata
October 11, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has captured our nation's imagination. This demonstration has given voice to many Americans who feel that our government has to do more to rebuild our economy and meet our needs. They are tired of Wall Street's excesses, Washington bail outs, and the lack of accountability for our economic collapse.

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Birmingham Kicks Off First of Five Fall Implementation Dialogues on the NHAS
By Joan Romaine
October 7, 2011

The first of a series of five Implementation Dialogues was held on September 27 in Birmingham, Alabama, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Alys Robinson Stephens Preforming Arts Center. The meeting focused on "Incorporating Prevention and Care Research Into HIV Programs" brought together speakers and panelists from across federal, state and local government, as well as experts from the HIV/AIDS community and research areas. Jeffrey S. Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) welcomed the more than 150 guests, and thanked them for their work in support of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. UAB President Carol Garrison, and Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also spoke. Dr. Koh encouraged participants to make the National HIV/AIDS Strategy real in the southeast and around the country. He recalled the early days of the AIDS epidemic thirty years ago, and the extreme fear and stigma surrounding the treatment of the first patients, and the challenge of providing care with no plan or coordinated approach in place. He noted that while there is still a great deal of stigma and health disparities around HIV/AIDS, there is now a plan of action in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which he said has, "catalyzed the country".

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