Topics of Most Interest to HIV.gov’s Blog Readers in 2022
As 2022 comes to an end, we looked back at the most-viewed blog posts published this year to get a sense of some of the themes that our readers found especially interesting. We published more than 270 posts in 2022 and the blog received over half a million pageviews. Here are highlights of some of the themes and posts that interested our readers most.
National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Readers were interested in both federal and community efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), which President Biden released in December 2021. Some of the most-viewed posts about the NHAS were:
- White House Publishes Federal Implementation Plan for National HIV/AIDS Strategy
- Launching #NHASeverywhere. Our First Story: Minnesota’s Largest HIV/STD Clinic (Red Door)
- #NHASeverywhere: The Bros in Convo Initiative Creates Leadership Opportunities
- White House’s Harold Phillips Discusses Top 5 ONAP Priorities
- Corporate Partners Launch New Coalition to Help End HIV in the United States
In addition, HIV.gov’s page about the NHAS was among the most-visited pages on the site in 2022, with almost 50,000 pageviews. The Strategy as well as the NHAS Federal Implementation Plan can be found on that page.
Other Health Issues, Especially mpox
Throughout the year, readers were very interested in information about other health issues of concern to people with or experiencing risk for HIV. These included the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, sexually transmitted infections, a meningococcal disease outbreak, and especially the mpox outbreak that began over the summer. Some of the most-viewed posts on these topics included:
- Update on Monkeypox – A New FYI Video with OIDP’s Kaye Hayes and CDC’s Demetre Daskalakis
- Addressing Monkeypox Holistically
- CDC Releases Interim Monkeypox Prevention/Treatment Guidance for Persons with HIV
- President Biden Announces Team to Lead Monkeypox Response
- CDC Releases Information about Meningococcal Disease Outbreak in Florida, 2022
- Signs of a Sea Change? Syphilis Increases May Be Reversing among Gay & Bisexual Men
- What's New in the COVID-19 and HIV Guidance
In addition to sharing news on these health issues in blog posts, HIV.gov maintains pages on these topics that are updated frequently: Mpox and People with HIV, COVID-19 and People with HIV, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Several of the most-read blog posts in 2022 shared information about important developments from the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), which develops, coordinates, and supports a range of infectious disease policies and initiatives. These posts included:
- Announcement: Kaye Hayes Selected as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infectious Disease and the Director of the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy
- PACHA Seeks to Engage Community Voices in March 2022 Meeting
- New Campaign Seeks to Improve Health of People with HIV and Prevent New Transmissions
- “I am a Work in Progress. I am a Work of ART.”
- HHS Selects Phase 1 Winners of the National Competition to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma and Disparities
- Apply Now for HIV and Aging Challenges! Applications Due Jan. 31, 2023
HIV Research Developments
As in previous years, HIV research was a theme of great interest to readers. These were some of the most-visited posts:
- HIV Research Update from CROI 2022 with NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach: Cancer Prevention, Aging, and the Future of HIV Prevention & Treatment
- NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Discusses Highlights of HIV Cure, Treatment and Prevention Research from CROI 2022
- Highlights from Day 4 of AIDS 2022: Reflections from Dr. Fauci and ADM Levine, Research Update, and Lessons from a Montreal Clinic
- NIH Launches Clinical Trial of Three mRNA HIV Vaccines
- Special Issue of JAIDS Highlights HIV Implementation Research in the EHE Initiative
Awareness Days, Especially World AIDS Day
Many readers accessed our posts about various HIV awareness days and other health observances to find information and tools to help them raise awareness. Some of the most-viewed posts in this category were:
- World AIDS Day 2022: Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV
- 2022 National HIV Testing Day Theme Announcement
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2022 - Resources
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources
- Resources for STD Awareness Week: April 10-16, 2022
- ONAP’s Harold Phillips Discusses the Theme of World AIDS Day 2022
Posts about funding opportunities and funding awards also piqued reader interest, including these:
- CDC Foundation Supports 53 Community-Based Organizations to Implement and Expand HIV Self-Testing Programs
- CDC Issues NOFO to Strengthen Syringe Services Programs
- HHS Announces Nearly $44 Million to Strengthen Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Populations at Risk for or Living with HIV/AIDS
- New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding Opportunity for 2iS Innovative Intervention Strategies
Gratitude to Our Federal Partners
Our partners across the U.S. Government at agencies engaged in the federal response to HIV provided or collaborated with us on several of the posts listed above, and many others not listed here. We're grateful for their collaboration as we work together to widely share information about the federal programs, policies, and resources that support stakeholders in communities across the nation in their work to end the HIV epidemic.
Have You Bookmarked Your Favorite Blog Posts from 2022?
Were any of your favorite blog posts from 2022 on the lists above? Did you know that you can easily save your favorite HIV.gov blog posts for quick reference? Since HIV.gov launched the enhanced website in September you may have noticed a new feature on all the blog posts: a star at the top left of the page just above the blog title. This allows you to bookmark a specific blog for easy access from the “Your Bookmarked Blogs” page in your browser. Give it a try, if you haven’t already, and start building your own collection of posts that most interest you.
Thanks for following the HIV.gov blog this year. We look forward to continuing to share information with you in 2023. Happy New Year!