What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “HIV Testing Day” might not reflect today’s reality. Since the first National HIV Testing Day was observed on June 27, 1995, a lot has changed. What’s still true – now more than ever – is that HIV testing remains the key strategy for slowing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Tuesday, February 7, is the 18th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The Strategic Leadership Council, a community-led group that sets the direction for NBHAAD, announced that this year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” It’s a call to action for all of us. We’ve put together a list of resources from AIDS.gov and our federal partners to help you get involved with #NBHAAD.
AIDSFree has officially launched its newest web resource: the Viral Load (VL) and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) Knowledge Base. Both VL testing and EID are essential to achieving 90-90-90 goals at country and global levels. The new resource, developed in consultation with clinicians and experts in logistics and lab management at USAID, serves as a one-stop resource for information on these critical interventions
Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, we have seen tremendous changes in our collective response to HIV and AIDS–including changes in the way advocates, leaders, people affected by the virus, and others communicate about HIV. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other digital platforms have made it possible for us to connect in creative ways and to reach diverse audiences with messages about this yearly observance.
In 2013, JSI began assessing the quality of the data collected on six key indicators related to HIV by performing data quality assessments at health facilities in Mozambique. These assessments evaluate data collected at the facility level and compare recorded data to data captured at the national level in order to determine discrepancies and improve overall data quality.
APHA 2016, the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, brings together over 12,000 people from the U.S. and around the world for conversations about public health initiatives. For the AIDS.gov team, those conversations also present an opportunity to highlight the ways in which digital tools can help our public health colleagues amplify their work and extend their reach, as well as, find new partners in the HIV response—especially for communities of color.
On October 15, many communities will mark National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a day to recognize the significant impact of HIV on Latino individuals and to encourage HIV testing and care.
Several sessions this year focused on what works in HIV prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color. One approach to engaging these disproportionately affected youth is to use community mobilization, or outreach to, and collaboration with, different community stakeholders.
Early infant diagnosis (EID) is a complex cascade whose every step must be completed successfully. Complexity begins at the facility itself. EID is not yet a routine service; exposed infants tend to be identified either when they come for other services or when mothers bring them for testing.
We have a learning model at MEval-SIFSA where we’ve itemised what defines a health system as “functioning.” For us, a strong, functioning system is one that takes you through the entire data management process and evaluates how the data is gathered, interpreted and analysed. But most importantly, a functioning system uses data to maximise a health programme’s impact and improve health outcomes.