Improving Drug User Health through Health Department HIV Prevention Programs

By Erin McElderry, Associate, Prevention, NASTAD

New HIV Infections by Transmission Category, 1980 – 2010*

New HIV Infections by Transmission Category, 1980 – 2010*

In many ways, HIV prevention among people who inject drugs (PWID) has been a success story. Rates of new infections among PWID have declined dramatically since the beginning of the epidemic, due in part to the success of syringe services programs (SSPs) in preventing new HIV infections. However, this work is far from done. In 2010, PWID represented 8% of new HIV infections. The U.S. has also seen rising rates of young people addicted to prescription opioids transitioning to injection drug use.  Continue reading

Raising the Bars: Health Departments Use Data to Care Strategies to Improve Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

By Bryan Collins, CAPUS Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health; Melissa Morrison Webb, Director of HIV Prevention, Tennessee Department of Health; and Todd Harvey, Senior Manager, Prevention, NASTAD

Raising the Bars

Raising the Bars Report

To achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s High Impact Prevention, state health department HIV prevention and surveillance programs are taking action towards raising the bars along the HIV care continuum. To do this, they are increasingly using HIV prevention activities to enhance effectiveness via collaboration and integration with their HIV surveillance efforts. In NASTAD’s 2013-2014 National HIV Prevention Inventory, we found that approximately 86% of HIV prevention programs reported collaborating with HIV surveillance programs by actively sharing decision-making, planning efforts and resources to achieve common goals. This indicator rose from 74% reported in our 2009 National HIV Prevention Inventory. Continue reading

No More Silos – PrEP is One Component of Gay Men’s Sexual Health: A Health Department Approach to PrEP

By Barry Callis, Director of Behavioral Health and Infectious Disease Prevention, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Infectious Disease and Dawn Fukuda, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Barry Callis and Dawn Fukuda

Barry Callis and Dawn Fukuda

Many of us in the Office of HIV/AIDS at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) were huddled excitedly around our computer screens when the first reports of success from the iPrEx clinical trial were released. It was December of 2010, and at long last, we had confirmed proof that an antiviral medicine (Truvada) could protect against HIV infection before exposure, and that it worked for gay and bisexual men and transgender women. It was a possibility we had only dreamed of in the early 1990’s, when effective antiretrovirals were first widely available as treatment. Continue reading

The Use of Fotonovelas for HIV Awareness and Prevention in Florida

By April S. Hogan, MPH, Community Prevention Team Lead, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Section, Bureua of Communicable Diseases, Florida Department of Health

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A fotonovela is a story told with photographs and dialogue that is very popular in Latin and Central America. The fotonovela medium includes pictures of real people that illustrate a story narrative similar in the format of a soap opera. The documented history of the fotonovela is varied, although it is known that Hispanic/Latino fotonovelas date back to the 1940s. Continue reading

NASTAD at USCA 2014: How Women are Being Impacted along the HIV Care Continuum by Violence

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

Gender-Specific Care ContinuumEvery year since 1988, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has convened the annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA brings together service providers, healthcare professionals, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking. Continue reading