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National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from SIS NLM, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ92x7

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, http://1.usa.gov/21PneGd

History of HIV/AIDS Timeline

Friday, March 4th, 2016

On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. This marked the first official reporting of what will become known as the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS.gov has published a History of HIV/AIDS Timeline that reflects the history of the domestic AIDS epidemic from its origins in illness, fear, and death to our present, hope-filled years. Originally created in 2011 to highlight milestones of “30 Years of AIDS,” the timeline has recently been updated with entries through 2015.

A Timeline of HIV/AIDS: http://1.usa.gov/1Yb31Ky

Effective Interventions to Reduce Sexually Transmitted Disease

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has published a special supplement to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The supplement provides guidance on effective interventions to reduce sexually transmitted disease for community-based and clinical settings.

Read articles at the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1oDfj2H

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The 11th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on March 10, 2016. The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), http://1.usa.gov/1SxODwx , at the end of 2010, women accounted for one in four people living with HIV infection in the United States. Compared with women of other racial/ethnic groups, African-American women and Hispanic/Latino women are disproportionately affected by HIV. These facts underscore the importance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed on March 10. The annual observance joins together organizations and communities in a nationwide effort to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to protect women and girls from HIV.  Go to http://1.usa.gov/1TJ7EeL and for useful education materials as well as http://1.usa.gov/1mikP8G

New HIV awareness and education tools

Monday, December 7th, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Today, CDC debuts two national HIV awareness and education initiatives that provide vital information to help people reduce their risk of infection:

  • Doing It is a new national, bilingual HIV testing campaign that uses humor to spark conversation and encourage people to get tested. Testing is essential to ending the HIV epidemic—recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of new infections are transmitted by people who don’t know they are living with HIV.
  • CDC’s new comprehensive online HIV Risk Reduction Tool is also debuting today, in beta form. The interactive tool provides customized information on the most current HIV prevention strategies, and houses a visual estimator that allows users to compare the risk of different sexual activities and explore how one or a combination of prevention methods changes the risk of infection.

With more options for prevention available than ever before, the new testing campaign and risk reduction tool provide Americans with the information they need to make the best choices for their health.”

Doing It: http://1.usa.gov/1NFMzKR

HIV Risk Reduction Tool: http://1.usa.gov/1XPyA02

CDC Vital Signs: Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV

Friday, December 4th, 2015

A new CDC Vital Signs report published today estimates that 25 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual adult men, nearly 20 percent of adults who inject drugs, and less than 1 percent of heterosexually active adults are at substantial risk for HIV infection and should be counseled about PrEP, a daily pill for HIV prevention.

PrEP for HIV prevention was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. When taken daily, it can reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV by more than 90 percent. Daily PrEP can also reduce the risk of HIV infection among people who inject drugs by more than 70 percent. However, according to recent studies, some primary health care providers have never heard of PrEP. Increasing awareness of PrEP and counseling for those at substantial risk for HIV infection is critical to realizing the full prevention potential of PrEP.

While PrEP can fill a critical gap in America’s prevention efforts, all available HIV prevention strategies must be used to have the greatest impact on the epidemic. These include treatment to suppress the virus among people living with HIV; correct and consistent use of condoms; reducing risk behaviors; and ensuring people who inject drugs have access to sterile injection equipment from a reliable source. [CDC]

CDC Vital Signs: Daily Pill Can Prevent HIV – http://1.usa.gov/1TpAaiG

The National Library of Medicine: 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the funding of six HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. Through the program, NLM seeks to partner with community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries in an effort to combat HIV/AIDS. Awardees and their projects are:

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)

“The F.A.I.T.H. Project”

Black Girl Health

“HIV News Access”

Comunidades Unidas /Communities United

“Community Outreach Project to Increase Access to HIV/AIDS Health Information”

The Alliance of Boarder Collaboratives (ABC)

“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”

The Community Wellness Project

“Enhancement to CDC’s Condoms and Sexual Education Project (C.A.S.E.)”

University of Florida

“Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”

 

NLM Announces 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects: http://1.usa.gov/1LGZxXx

 

World AIDS Day is December 1

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.  Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often. Learn how you can make a difference and spread the word. To access the toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1KZtnpY

 

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to: tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov.

Go to AIDSource: http://aids.nlm.nih.gov/

Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.

Details: http://1.usa.gov/1iI1qfS