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
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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
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 (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
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 MedicineTuesday, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the launch of the Go2HIVInfo mobile application. HealthHIV created the Go2HIVInfo app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS.The websites featured on the Go2HIVInfo app are:
- United States National Library of Medicine, HIV/AIDS Information, Special Information Services
More information: http://bit.ly/1LFucHV
HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors. Learn more about the prevention challenges Latinos face and find resources on the Centers for Disease Control page: HIV Among Latinos: http://1.usa.gov/1NV0Bu4
The Fenway Institute’s National LGBT Health Education Center has created a new resource. A multimedia education course that incorporates the findings from the white paper: “Best Practices in HIV Prevention: Translating Innovation into Action” is available free of charge. CME credit is also available. To learn more about reaching vulnerable populations, biomedical interventions for prevention, innovative technologies and more, see: http://bit.ly/1KPcSSZ
The Centers for Disease Control have updated the prevention and treatment guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. These guidelines replace CDC’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.