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November 23, 2010

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New Announcement about PrEP from NIH

By Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., Director of NIAID’s Division of AIDS

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The National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases just made a significant announcement on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). I am proud to share this important update from the NIH with our blog readers. Learn more by reading this Q&A.

July 17, 2010

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International AIDS Conference in Vienna Starts Tomorrow

by Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director and Michelle Samplin-Salgado, AIDS.gov New Media Strategist

Red Ribbon on Parliament Building in Vienna

Red Ribbon on Parliament Building in Vienna

The 18th International AIDS Conference (IAC) Exit Disclaimer starts tomorrow in Vienna. We sent our very first tweet from IAC in Mexico City two years ago and we've come a long way since then.

For this year's conference, we've created a website where you can search the more than 150 U.S. Government presentations. The site will link you to our daily podcasts and blog posts, as well as webcasts of the plenary sessions Exit Disclaimer (courtesy of Kaiser Family Foundation). We'll also be using Facebook and Twitter (follow the hashtag #AIDS2010Exit Disclaimer) to keep you informed and engaged.

Furthermore, last Tuesday the White House released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. We'll be kicking off the U.S. Government's activities in Vienna with a special session about the Strategy. If you're in Vienna, please join us in Room 8 of the Reed Messe Wein. Otherwise, we'll covering that session here and on Twitter.

Whether you're attending the conference virtually or in person, we encourage you to join the conversation!

February 02, 2010

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Secretary Sebelius Welcomes Members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

By Miguel Gomez

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius welcomed 24 new members to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA’s role is to work with the Secretary and provide information, advice, and recommendations on domestic and global HIV/AIDS policy issues to the President. PACHA also serves to further the policy goals of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and will play an important role in providing input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

PACHA Members

PACHA Members

Today’s meeting was PACHA’s first under the Obama administration. Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, introduced Secretary Sebelius. He restated HHS’ commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and emphasized the importance of working with PACHA to create a strong, coordinated response to the epidemic. Jeffrey Crowley, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, provided an overview of his office and the status of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Christopher Bates

Christopher Bates facilitating the public comments

After PACHA members were sworn in, Helene Gayle, who will chair the Council, made opening remarks and Christopher Bates, PACHA’s Executive Director, facilitated a period of public comments. During that discussion, a diverse group of HIV/AIDS researchers, service providers, community leaders, people living with HIV, and PACHA members commented on a wide range of issues, including homophobia, aging, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, HIV-prevention needs, sexual health, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

In regard to the PACHA announcement, President Obama said: “We often speak about HIV/AIDS as if it’s only going on somewhere else—but we face a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic in America. That’s why, last year, my administration began crafting a new National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Today, I’m pleased to have a new group of experts joining PACHA, and I look forward to hearing from the Council about our continued efforts to prevent the spread of HIV infections in the United States and to provide care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.” Secretary Sebelius added: “These new members also represent the best of America. I look forward to their strategic guidance in assisting HHS to do its part in developing and implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and in supporting the important work of the PEPFAR program.”

For more information on PACHA, visit: http://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/policies/pacha

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