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Policy Update 1-6-2012: The 2012 Battles that will Shape the Future of HIV
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Preview of 2012: The Battles That Will Shape the Future of HIV
HHS Releases Global Health Strategy
CDC Announces $339 Million in Funding for HIV Activities at State and Local Levels
JRI/NBGMAC Convene PrEP Training for Black Gay Men
Announcements
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Preview of 2012: The Battles That Will Shape the Future of HIV

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With all the achievements, as well as a few disappointments, of 2011 officially behind us, our attention now turns to 2012, which almost certainly will prove to be an historic year in the fight against HIV. Below, we preview some of the policy issues in 2012 that could turn the battle against HIV, for better or worse.

Read AIDS United's special preview of the 2012 battles that will shape the future of HIV.

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HHS Releases Global Health Strategy

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its first Global Health Strategy. The strategy will serve as a blueprint for HHS’ role in global health and also links to the overall HHS Strategic Plan FY 2010-2015. The strategy also complements the President’s Global Health Initiative.

The Global Health Strategy was unveiled at a briefing sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation that was held at its Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, D.C. In opening remarks, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that global health cannot be separated from U.S. health. This idea is reflected in the first of the strategy’s three goals, “Protect and Promote the Health and Well-Being of Americans through Global Health Action.”

As many of us in the HIV/AIDS community know, a strategy, no matter how well intentioned and well written, ultimately will be tested through its implementation. AIDS United will monitor HHS’ global efforts, particularly as they relate to HIV/AIDS, and will keep you informed and engaged.

To read the new HHS Global Health Strategy, click here.

To see a webcast of the briefing at the Kaiser Family Foundation and more information on global health efforts, click here.

 

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CDC Announces $339 Million in Funding for HIV Activities at State and Local Levels

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would award $339 million in grants to state and local health departments in 2012 to reinforce HIV activities in high-impact areas. Funds will be awarded to health departments in all 50 states including eight United States territories, and eight cities with heavy HIV burdens. The money will be distributed proportionately according to HIV burden, which CDC has based on 2008 data on the number of people living with an HIV diagnosis in a particular area. Previously, HIV funding from CDC was allocated based on the number of people living with AIDS.

Most of the funding will be used for HIV prevention activities including HIV testing, activities to help people with HIV reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to others, and condom distribution for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.

Read the CDCs press release on the funding announcement, here .

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JRI/NBGMAC Convene PrEP Training for Black Gay Men

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The Justice Resource Institute (JRI), in partnership with the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC), convened a two-day speakers training in mid-December for black gay men focusing on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is the use of HIV medications to prevent an HIV infection.  The goal of the training was to create a network of black gay male leaders that will speak about PrEP in their communities and enhance the awareness and engagement of black gay men around PrEP.  I had the opportunity to participate in the training, which included participants representing a range of professional experiences, disciplines, ages, approaches to HIV prevention, and geographic locations.

Click here to read the rest of Charles' blog.

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Announcements

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The Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Healthcare Reform Law
The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the legality of the health care reform law for March 26-28, 2012. Twenty-six states have filed a joint challenge against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court will hear on four specific issues: the Anti-Injunction Act, Individual Mandate, Severability, and Medicaid Coercion.

The Affordable Care Act and People Living with HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet
Miguel Gomez, Director of AIDS.gov, announced the release of a comprehensive fact sheet that illustrates how the Affordable Care Act benefits people living with HIV/AIDS.  The fact sheet was created by AIDS.gov and Health and Human Services Office of Health Reform, and provides information about increased coverage, increasing access to quality care, and offering greater prevention methods such as testing for HIV.

View the announcement and the Affordable Care Act and People Living with HIV/AIDS fact sheet.

XIX International AIDS Conference
The XIX International AIDS Conference will host an expected 200 countries, 2000 journalists, and 25,000 participants to address this year’s theme of “Turning the Tide Together." The conference is now open for registration, as well as submissions for program activities, and abstracts. The categories for abstract submissions are: Basic Science; Clinical Science; Epidemiology and Prevention Science; Social Science Human Rights and Political Science; and Implementation Science, Health systems and Economics. Submissions for program activities and abstracts will close on February 15th, 2012.

Learn more about the abstract submission categories and program activities!

Find more information about registration here!

Find other important deadlines!

President Obama’s Next State of the Union – Save the Date
On January 24th, 2012, President Barack Obama will give his next State of the Union Address to the country following the return of the House of Representative and the Senate.

Sign On - 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development
In April, 2012, the United Nations Commission on Population and Development (CDP) will be negotiating a resolution on Adolescents and Youth. AIDS United encourages organizations to endorse the U.S. non-governmental organization’s sign-on letter urging U.S. leadership to advocate on the behalf of youth’s sexual and reproductive rights, including using evidenced-based education.

You can view the sign-on letter here.

To endorse the Youth and Health Coalition’s sign-on letter email Jennifer.redner@goodworksgroup.net by January 13th. 

“It’s Nice to Share!”
AIDS United has new office mates – the staff of AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families! The two organizations have decided to share space, as well as programmatic and advocacy opportunities. The address for both organizations is 1424 K Street NW, Suite 200. AIDS United’s phone number is 202-408-4848. AIDS Alliance’s phone number is (202) 785-3564. Welcome AIDS Alliance!

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