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National HIV Prevention Conference -- Highlights of Final Day
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
August 18, 2011

The first of Wednesday's two plenary sessions addressed the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goal of reducing HIV-related health disparities and health inequities. Three panelists offered perspectives on the current state of HIV-related disparities in the United States including differences related to the geographic and population based distribution of disease, incidence of new infections, health outcomes and mortality. They also explored the role of social determinants in creating, perpetuating or combating HIV-related disparities and inequality. The panelists reviewed some of the promising interventions, policy changes and partnerships that can be adopted to narrow persistent HIV-related inequities.

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Mandates Won't Save Our Kids from HIV -- Actual Follow-Through Will
By Tracie M. Gardner and Kymsha Henry
August 18, 2011

It would be an understatement to say Mayor Bloomberg's announcement of a sexual education mandate as part of his Young Men's Initiative was welcome news. Finally, advocates cheer, New York City is starting to get that sex ed is part of any smart solution to the challenges facing our youth, and our communities of color.

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National HIV Prevention Conference -- Highlights of Day 3
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
August 17, 2011

Tuesday's plenary session addressed the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goal of improving access to care, focusing on three important approaches that can help us reach that goal: adopting universal HIV testing, measuring community viral load, and implementing test and treat programs. My colleague Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration, moderated the session, which was structured as a series of brief, spirited debates between physicians examining the pros and cons of each of these approaches.

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National HIV Prevention Conference -- Highlights of Day 2
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
August 16, 2011

Monday's plenary session focused on the science of HIV prevention and what needs to be done in order to achieve the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goal of reducing HIV incidence by 25% by 2015. The session was organized around the three steps that that Strategy identifies as essential to reducing HIV incidence.

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National HIV Prevention Conference -- Highlights of Day 1
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
August 15, 2011

More than 3,000 public health, medical and AIDS community leaders are gathered here to share the latest research and discuss innovative strategies to drive down the number of new HIV infections in the United States. The meeting, organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and co-sponsored by 40 other public and private agencies, including my office, is the only major U.S. conference dedicated exclusively to HIV prevention. Conference sessions and scientific presentations will focus on strategies to advance the ambitious goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

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Achieving the Goals of the NHAS for Women
By Vera Yakovchenko
August 12, 2011

One-fourth of Americans living with HIV are women. In the United States, the disease disproportionately impacts women of color: The HIV infection rate among Black women is 15 times that of white women and the rate among Hispanic women is more than four times that of white women, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, women and men have different biological, psychological, and cultural factors that increase their vulnerability to infection and disease progression. Achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) will require addressing the unique HIV prevention, care and treatment needs of women in the United States. With that in mind, I wanted to share a number of recent events that will help move all of us closer to achieving the goals of the NHAS for women in America.

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Guiding Principles for Treatment as Prevention: More Musings from Paul Kawata
By Paul A. Kawata
August 9, 2011

Are You Ready to start Treatment As Prevention (TasP)? What is your agency's role in the implementation of this promising new HIV prevention tool? How will it change your community's prevention agenda? HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN) study 052 showed us that starting HIV-positive individuals in a treatment regimen early and reducing their viral load to undetectable can cut the risk of HIV transmission by as much as 96 percent.

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White House Commemorates World Hepatitis Day 2011
By Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H.
July 28, 2011

Today, I was honored to participate in a special White House event to commemorate the first official World Hepatitis Day. This event was one of many held across the United States and around the world for communities to join together and focus attention on the global health threat of viral hepatitis and promote actions to confront it.

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Prevention and Public Health Fund: Grant Applications Leave Little Room for HIV
By Kelly Nowicki
July 25, 2011

Applications to receive funding through the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health (PPH) Fund were due Friday, July 22, 2011. This funding opportunity, announced in a news release last month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will allow national networks of community-based organizations to apply for more than $4 million to help support, disseminate and amplify the evidence-based strategies of the Community Transformation Grants (CTG) program.

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Op-Ed: ADAP and the Political Game -- Insight From Policy Newbies
By Sanah Ladhani and Natasha Lerner
July 18, 2011

This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update.

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