ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Continued Partnership with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs in the United States

Contact: Murray Penner

ADAP AlertOctober 28, 2013, Washington, DC – The ADAP Crisis Task Force (Task Force) announced today that it has reached agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) to extend voluntary discounts/rebates and price freezes to all state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs).  The continuation of existing agreements beyond 2013 will provide stability to ADAPs as they continue to navigate the uncharted terrain of a reformed health system as a result of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continued fiscal challenges at both the state and federal level.

The Task Force, convened by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), previously secured continuation through 2014 of existing agreements for voluntary discounts and rebates from AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Therapeutics, Merck and ViiV Healthcare.  Many of these agreements also provide continued price freezes for ADAPs for varying lengths of time into 2014 and 2015.  Continue reading

Communicating about HIV and Viral Hepatitis in Complex Times

By Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, NASTAD

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Meico WhitlockLast month, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) attended the fourth annual Plain Talk in Complex Times conference in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme was “Communicating in a Time of Change.” The conference was hosted by the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy in collaboration with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and brought together leaders and decision-makers in fields such as public health, health communications, digital media, usability, accessibility, translation, interpretation, readability, design, and plain language to discuss communicating effectively with health consumers.

Sessions covered a range of topics such as writing for mobile device users, providing high quality care to linguistically diverse populations, and communicating effectively with numbers. A number of sessions also focused specifically on technology and provided helpful tips for tasks such conducting low-cost usability testing, enhancing website accessibility, producing podcasts, and graphic design for print materials. Continue reading

Strengthening the HIV Continuum of Care in South Africa

By Anna Carroll, Associate, Global Program, NASTAD

NASTAD staff visit the Hlalanikahle Clinic with Mpumalanga Department of Health Staff, the Health Facility Manager and Facility Based Support Group Facilitators

NASTAD staff visit the Hlalanikahle Clinic with Mpumalanga Department of Health Staff, the Health Facility Manager and Facility Based Support Group Facilitators

Since 2002, the number of people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries has increased dramatically, from 300,000 in 2002 to 9.7 million in 2012. Despite this striking improvement, this represents only 34% of people currently eligible for ART under the 2013 WHO guidelines.

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Global Program has worked hard to reduce this massive treatment gap in South Africa, where an estimated 5.6 million people are living with HIV and AIDS, the greatest number of people in any country worldwide. In 2009, the South African government initiated the Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT) Program as one important component of its national response to the HIV epidemic. As a primary partner to provincial departments of health in South Africa, NASTAD began working in partnership with the Free State and Mpumalanga Provincial Departments of Health (PDoH) to support the implementation and development of I ACT in these provinces. Continue reading

The Health Department Response to HIV in Latino Communities

By Daniel Olavarria, Associate, Health Equity

National Latino AIDS Awareness DayNASTAD is proud to observe National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). Established in 2003, NLAAD is dedicated to drawing attention to the impact of HIV/AIDS on the growing Latino communities across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The 2013 theme is “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”. Every October 15th, partners across the United States raise their collective voice to promote HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing, treatment, and overall awareness for Latino communities.

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Youth Ambassadors – Call for Applicants in Dallas, Texas

By Daniel Olavarria, Associate, Health Equity

Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before the final deadline.

NASTAD Youth AmbassadorsThe National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) is looking to identify young Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who are up-and-coming leaders doing innovative work on a volunteer basis in their communities/schools to improve the well-being of other gay men/MSM.

With an emphasis on creative utilization of social media as the cornerstone of this program, NASTAD is seeking to advance the work being done by youth leaders who have identified challenges in their communities and have formulated forward-thinking solutions. This program is intended to expand the way that NASTAD connects with young people, facilitate opportunities for these men to partner with health departments and to network with each another. Continue reading