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On World AIDS Day, NASW again says it is committed to preventing new infections, raising awareness

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The theme for World Aids Day 2017 on December 1 will be “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”   In elaborating on the theme Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, said, “We now have the unprecedented opportunity to change the course of the pandemic. This brings with it ... Read More »

Ask your Senators to Restore Funding for the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Training Program

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Mental health services are an important pre-requisite for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.  The mental health practitioner’s role has become more meaningful as the complexities surrounding treatment necessitate caring for the psychological aspects of HIV care, especially as it relates to aspects such as client medication adherence. Mental health practitioners need specific training in working with HIV-affected populations.  The Substance Abuse ... Read More »

Symposium examines HIV strategies

Panelists share insights to strengthen HIV case management at the 4th Annual Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff To stop the spread of HIV, it cannot be treated as a health or medical problem alone, says Tom Fenn, project director of the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children). “It’s not going to go away if we act like it’s the health sector’s responsibility or simply a question of ensuring we test and ... Read More »

NASW Congratulates Douglas Brooks for his tenure as director of White House HIV/AIDS Office

NASW STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) commends social worker Douglas Brooks for his leadership and vision as director of the White House Office on National HIV/AIDS Policy.  Brooks, MSW, LCSW, completed his tenure at the office on March 24. “Since day one, Douglas has provided outstanding service to the nation,” NASW Chief Executive Officer Angelo McClain, PhD, ... Read More »

World AIDS Day 2015 –The Time to Act Is Now

On December 1st, we recognize World AIDS Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the  United States, only 87 percent  are aware of their health status.  The impact of lack of awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS remains a critical concern to social workers and allied ... Read More »

NASW applauds expanded Medicare coverage to include routine HIV testing

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) applauds the implementation of a final decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand coverage to provide for routine screening and testing for HIV infection for all individuals between the ages of 15 and 65 years covered by Medicare. Routine access to testing will increase the number of persons ... Read More »

Stigma remains attached to HIV

Experts say social workers can help educate public By Rena Malai, News staff There are people who still aren’t quite sure how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, and are afraid of what it means, says NASW member Melissa Sellevaag, manager for Youth and Family Care Navigation at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C. She says social workers can help prevent stigma, and spread ... Read More »

World AIDS Day 2014 – Focus, Partner, Achieve

President Barack Obama issued a World AIDS Day Proclamation – recognizing December 1st as World AIDS Day.   On Monday, December 1, 2014, The White House will honor this worldwide observance of  World AIDS Day using the  theme: Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.   Today’s observance at The White House will be tele-cast live starting at 12:00 noon EST. Earlier this year, ... Read More »

Social work practice update: CDC releases practice guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

  Recent clinical trials have proven that a daily dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can significantly reduce the transmission of HIV among populations at higher risk of contracting the disease. As a result of these findings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday released the first practical clinical guidelines for PrEP, with the recommendation that PrEP be ... Read More »

HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project conducts Training of Trainers session

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Fourteen participants from across the U.S. traveled to Washington, D.C., in July to take part in the 2013 Training of Trainers, convened by the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project. By increasing the number of skilled trainers, the Spectrum Project can build the capacity of the NASW-U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy Chapter Partnership Initiative for the next ... Read More »