Monthly Archives: January 2013

Health and Human Services releases report of programs to reduce HIV infections among African Americans


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a report [PDF] describing findings of an interagency collaboration to identify, review, and assess the effectiveness of HHS-funded, discretionary initiatives and programs to reduce HIV infections among African Americans. The report describes relevant prevention programs and initiatives, identifies future opportunities, and provides insights that will help inform strategies to reduce HIV infections among vulnerable African-American populations

The inventory was one of the tasks assigned to HHS in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), which notes that prevention efforts must acknowledge the heavy burden of HIV among Black Americans and target resources accordingly. Based on the most recent data from CDC, African American men and women represent 14 percent of the total U.S. population, but account for a disproportionate 44 percent of all persons living with HIV in the United States.

Read the full article on the Website.

Statement by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., on opportunities for advancing LGBT health research

In March 2011, the Institute of Medicine issued its report of the NIH commissioned  study on The  Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation  for Better Understanding. At  that time, I asked the NIH institutes, centers, and offices (ICOs) to form  the NIH LGBT Research Coordinating Committee (RCC).  I charged this committee  to consider carefully the report’s recommendations and to suggest strategies  for how the ICOs can support research to increase the knowledge base for promoting  the health of the LGBT community. I am pleased to say that the RCC has fulfilled  their charge.  I thank them for their thoughtful analysis of the NIH portfolio  on LGBT research and for identifying several important opportunities for promoting  research and knowledge in LGBT health. The NIH is now developing a multi-pronged  plan to implement a number of these opportunities to extend and advance the  knowledge base for promoting LGBT health.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institutes of Health

Research supports high-dose flu vaccine for people with HIV


A quadruple-dose flu vaccine for the elderly also provides better protection for people with HIV, researchers reported Tuesday in the first of several studies to publish results of high-dose vaccine for people with compromised immune systems.

The team of researchers from Philadelphia institutions will ask a federal advisory committee to recommend high-dose vaccination for HIV-positive people, said Pablo Tebas, an infectious-diseases physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and senior author of the paper in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Read the full article on the Philadelphia Enquirer online.