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World AIDS Day 2014: Resources for a shared effort towards an AIDS-free generation

For the HIV community, the December 1st observance of World AIDS Day provides an unparalleled opportunity to bring wide attention to our collective response to the epidemic. The U.S. Government’s  theme this year is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.” Leading up to World AIDS Day, AIDS.gov is sharing 10 simple, ready-to-use resources on a...

USCA 2014: Federal HIV Programs in Spotlight

Federal HIV programs were in the spotlight at the 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS as Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, led a plenary session featuring representatives of a diverse array of HIV activities from across the federal government. ONAP Priorities Mr. Brooks opened the session with video greetings...

From the Life With MS Inbox: My Jump for MS

Every once in a while, something comes to my Life With MS inbox that sparks something inside of me and I have to share. We’ve had interesting products that can help people with MS come across our screen, a groundbreaking film about being diagnosed with MS, and books about MS and other disabilities. In August, a message came into our Life With [...]

From the Desk of the Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Is Working

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act  at the Brookings Institution. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s our belief that the three most important measures are affordability, access, and quality – and that when you consider the law through this lens, the evidence points to a clear conclusion:...

It’s Time We Have Access to High-Quality MS Care

In the past five months, I’ve traveled nearly 23,000 miles on buses, trains, taxis, rental cars, and airplanes traveling; spent scores of hours in meetings in person, on the phone, and via the Internet; and been privileged to work with an incredibly talented task force of individuals on the question of access to quality MS [...]

MS Is Becoming a ‘Young Person’s Disease’

In a recent conversation with my dear friend (and fellow MS activist) Emma Rogan, we were discussing some of the employment programs she is heading up for the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP). As it often does with good friends, our chat zigged and zagged through a number of rapids, eddies, and deep pools. One [...]

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD)

Today is the 7th annual observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). This year’s theme reminds us that Aging is a part of life: HIV doesn’t have to be. To further the goals of reducing new cases of HIV among older people and supporting those who are living with HIV, we would like to...

Ice Bucket Challenge, Part 2: It’s for ALS and MS

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  It was good fun for a good cause and, as I stated in the blog about it, could help MS research as well. In my video, I challenged the president of MS Ireland, the founders of Shift.MS, and the [...]

Senior Government Scientist Breaks 13 Years' Silence on CDC's Vaccine-autism Fraud

Listen to audio from the whistleblower HERE. Below is an unofficial transcript from the audio. CDC Whistleblower http://vimeo.com/user5503203/review/103711143/91f7d3d4d8 "Oh my God. I cannot believe we did what we did, but we did." Dr. Andrew Wakefield: "This is a real story...

After the Fall: Getting Up From an MS Tumble

I believe there are two kinds of people: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t. I always told culinary students, however, that there were two kinds of people in professional kitchens; those who have been cut and those who have yet to be cut.  Likewise it could be [...]

New in New Media: Foursquare 8.0 and Location-enabled Apps for HIV Awareness

Facebook, Instagram and many other apps utilize location-enabled data to find health services. Back in 2010 we blogged about Foursquare, the GPS-enabled mobile app that allows you to share your location with friends and others nearby when you “check-in” to places, including local HIV services and events. After almost 5 years, Foursquare has announced a...

My Recipe for a Great MS Day

I think I was in an eighth-grade science course when we studied biorhythms (albeit briefly, though perhaps not briefly enough for a science class but, hey, it was the 1970s). I’ll not go into the plotting of the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, aesthetic, and other cycles other than to say that one hopes to find [...]

White House Observes World Hepatitis Day

On Wednesday, July 30, the White House hosted its fourth consecutive observance of World Hepatitis Day. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), the event brought together a diverse group of domestic...

Ambassador Birx Reflects on AIDS 2014 Highlights

Last week I had the opportunity to share my reflections on what the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ) means for our efforts to achieve the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. For an international perspective, I had an opportunity to sit down with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS,...

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease...

NIH’s Dr. Gina Brown Reflects on HIV Among Women and Girls –Highlights from AIDS 2014

Addressing HIV/AIDS among women and girls was a key focus area of many sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Presenters covered such important topics as HIV prevention interventions for women and girls, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and enhancing HIV care and treatment for women and girls. To learn...

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Science Highlight from Second Day of AIDS 2014

The second day of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia was filled with scientific findings shared by researchers from around the world. We caught up again with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and asked him to reflect...

MS Symptom Thesaurus: Balance Issues

As we continue our monthly offering of a place for you to help describe symptoms, we move into a bit of an odd one. While MS balance issues can, on occasion, be caused directly by the disease, our balance problems can often be due to a combination of other symptoms. While MS balance problems are [...]

Partnership: National HIV Testing Day Part II

Yesterday’s AIDS.gov blog spoke to the important role of partnerships with an example of two private sector organizations collaborating nation-wide to offer HIV testing. Today, we provide examples of collaboration from the CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaign. The Act Against AIDS partner Lifebeat  is hosting a Know Your Status Stage (KYSS) concert on National HIV Testing Day...

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