Latest by Richard Wolitski, Ph.D.

Reason Number 87 to Get an HIV Test

"I am excited about one of the newest reasons on the long list of reasons to get tested," Richard Wolitski writes on National HIV Testing Day, "the prevention benefits of HIV treatment that suppresses viral load."

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

New HIV Diagnoses Are on the Decline in the U.S.

Overall new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. have gone down from 2010 to 2014, but we still have a long way to go to reach the 2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy target.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Leave Your Problems on the Dancefloor: A Four-Year Journey From Diagnosis to HIV Care

"When we talk about HIV testing and treatment, it isn't always as simple as just telling people to get tested or into care," writes Richard Wolitski, Ph.D.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

A Lifelong Journey With HIV is Easier Without the Extra Baggage

Getting tested is only the beginning -- for people who test positive, it is (or should be) the entry point into HIV care and treatment. For those who test negative, it's part of an ongoing process of staying that way.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Positive Spin: Stories Have an Impact

The first series of HIV.gov's new digital storytelling project focuses on the real-life stories of five black gay men -- a group that has been disproportionately affected by HIV.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Protecting Our Nation's Youth for an AIDS-Free Generation

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day is a day when we all should stop and pause for a moment to reflect on the importance of our nation's young people and the impact that HIV continues to have on their lives.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

We All Need a Little Love and Support: National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS

"In many ways, the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS reminds me of the efforts and action that took place in the earliest years of the epidemic," Richard Wolitski writes.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Back to the Future?

"What haunts me the most are my memories of being a volunteer HIV testing counselor in the late 1980s and early 1990s," writes Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., as he reflects on this year's World AIDS Day.

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Catching Fire: The Realities of the New Era in HIV Prevention and Care

"We're at the start of something new, something important, that's just starting to catch fire," Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., writes. "I can't tell you how many conversations I had with government, national and community leaders last week at USCA about wh...

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov

Viral Suppression: The Struggle Is Real

"Viral suppression reflects not only the quality of medical care, but also how well we are supporting people living with HIV to live long, healthy, and happy lives," writes Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. "Increasing viral suppression is the single most impo...

By Richard Wolitski, Ph.D. for HIV.gov