Tag Archives: HIV/AIDS

Provide Public Comment – U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is seeking community input for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). During April, ONAP convened meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country. Now through May 22, ... Read More »

White House Office of National AIDS Policy to host National HIV/AIDS Strategy Regional Forums

The U.S. Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) is convening meetings with community members, service providers, and state and local health departments as part of a series of regional forums being held across the country to better inform the updated 2016-2020 National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).   The forums each focus on a specific goal of the NHAS, with the next two ... Read More »

LGBT Pride Month Update

June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)  Pride Month. On June 2, 2014, President Barack Obama declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The President’s proclamation outlined the important legislative changes in the advancement of LGBT equity that occurred at the state and federal level.  The President noted that the Obama Administration “proudly stands alongside all ... Read More »

NASW Statement on Brooks Appointment to White House Office of National AIDS Policy

Douglas Brooks. Photo courtesy of TheBody.com.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) congratulates Douglas Brooks, MSW, LCSW, on his appointment as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Brooks brings the necessary leadership skills to oversee implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and HIV Care Continuum initiative in a way that will engage the many communities and organizations committed to ... Read More »

March 10th – Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13.   It is estimated that over 25,000 women and girls in the U.S. do not know they are living with HIV. On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health is reaching ... Read More »

Supreme Court: NGO Anti-Prostitution Pledge violates freedom of speech

On Friday, June 21, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that USAID  vs.  AOSI  violates the First Amendment.  Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the legal opinion, wrote “freedom of speech prohibits the government from telling people what they must say”. Referred to as the “anti-prostitution pledge”,  the policy stated that in order for any non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ... Read More »

June is LGBT Pride Month

On June 1, 2013, President Obama issued a Proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  The proclamation outlined the important legislative changes that advance LGBT equity.  NASW members have provided a strong voice in supporting the Administration’s decisions to extend hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the repeal of  “Don’t ... Read More »

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

Because HIV, HCV, and HBV are all blood-borne infections transmitted through similar patterns of behavior, co-infection is an important emerging  public health issue. About 3 million adults in the United States are infected with Hepatitis C, most of which are baby boomers. However, between 65-75% of those infected with Hepatitis C are unaware of their infection, and lack of medical ... Read More »

May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month

May 19, 1012 is the first ever Hepatitis Testing Day inthe United States. Since chronic hepatitis often does not cause any symptoms until serious liver damage has been done, testing for hepatitis is crucial. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and ... Read More »

Globally social workers have a critical role in combating HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Stigma and discrimination are universally experienced by persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.   It has been determined that homophobia, stigma, and discrimination negatively affect the health and well-being of clients and communities, and can result in the added burden of stress and health disparities. Experienced on the personal or individual and community level, stigma is an obstacle to prevention, ... Read More »