UPDATED - ICYMI: World AIDS Day 2017 Recap
World AIDS Day is always a busy time for the HIV.gov blog—so busy that it can be easy to miss important posts you want to read! For your convenience, we have recapped all of our 2017 World AIDS Day blog posts and other resources below:
From the Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Surgeon General
- VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., issued a video message for World AIDS Day.
Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP)
- Dr. Richard Wolitski, Director of OHAIDP, posted on the ways in which HIV treatment is revolutionizing HIV prevention.
- Corinna Dan, Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor at OHAIDP, reported on progress across U.S. Government agencies on curing HCV among people living wiht HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Maureen Goodenow released a statement on the state of current research and science on HIV.
- NIH and its partners announced the launch of a new HIV Vaccine Efficacy Study to assess whether an experimental HIV vaccine regimen is safe and able to prevent HIV infection. The new study aims to enroll 2,600 HIV-negative women in sub-Saharan Africa.
- NIH also launched an HIV Prevention Trial of long-acting injectable medication in sexually active women. This is the first large-scale clinical trial of its kind.
- The National Institute for Drug Abuse reflected on the past successes and future promise of its Avant-Garde Award program for HIV research.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- CDC issued a Dear Colleague Letter about World AIDS Day 2017. The letter gives an update on the HIV epidemic in the United States, and outlines what CDC is doing to respond to it.
- CDC also released a new issue of Vital Signs that reports improvements in the frequency of HIV testing and the time from infection to diagnosis.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- SAMHSA identified the important role of Behavioral Health in addressing and treating HIV and AIDS.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- The FDA reported on their approval of the 200th antiretroviral drug application, which included 30 solid formulations specific for children, under PEPFAR.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau today released its third annual publication of national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) client-level data collected through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR).
Indian Health Service (IHS)
- The IHS raised awareness about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)
- HHS announced it is seeking nominations for new members to the Council.
- Dr. Darrell P. Wheeler, Vice-Chair of PACHA, described key HIV issues that urgently need to be addressed.
HHS Regional Resource Network (RRN)
- Members of the RRN are participating in World AIDS Day observances across the nation.
- HIV.gov offered digital communication resources, as well as tips on using Facebook Live to improve your World AIDS Day outreach and other expert advice on ending the epidemic by upping your social media game for World AIDS Day 2017.
From the Department of Defense
- The U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) acknowledged its network of strong, lasting domestic and international partnerships in the fight against HIV.
From the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- The Offices of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) highlighted how critical safe, stable housing is for the health and well-being of PLWHA.
From the Department of Justice
- The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division reiterated its commitment to eradicating stigma and discrimination against PLWHA and reported on recent enforcement efforts.
From the Department of Labor
- The Department of Labor's Office of Disability and Employment Policy continued the conversation about employment opportunities for PLWHA.
From the Department of State
- Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, explained the U.S. Government theme for the observance in Looking Ahead to World AIDS Day 2017.
- The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released new results that show that the program has reached historic highs through its rapid acceleration of HIV prevention and treatment efforts, driven by transparent, accountable, and cost-effective investments.
- USAID’S Office of HIV/AIDS Research described their top 10 accomplishments in 2017.
From the Department of Veterans Affairs
- This World AIDS Day, the VA encouraged Veterans to talk to their providers about their HIV status and to get tested.
From the White House
- The White House published President Trump's World AIDS Day Proclamation.
- The White House also published a blog from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, on steps towards achieving epidemic control.