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NASTAD News, September 2012
Digest: The Month In Review
Reports from AIDS 2012
Bringing Attention to the U.S. Epidemic
  NASTAD Press at AIDS2012
  Networking During AIDS2012
  NASTAD's Global Village Booth: A Touchstone
Pre-Conference Activities
  To See and Be Seen: International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS
  Positive Justice Project and HIV Decriminalization
  From Stigma to Strength: Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape
  Gay Men's Health Summit
  Pre-Session on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS Epidemic
NASTAD's Global Program at AIDS2012
  The Global Program's Case Surveillance Workshop
  HIV in Haiti in the Time of Reconstruction
  Poster Sessions on NASTAD's Work in Haiti
Conference Sessions Focused on Health Equity
  NASTAD and NCSD: Addressing Stigma in Public Health Practice
  AIDS.gov Interview on the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Black Gay Men/MSM
  The Latino/Hispanic HIV Community Research Forum: Creando Una Red Para Un Futuro Sin VIH/SIDA
  Latino Caribbean Diaspora Collaborative (LCDC) – A Networking Zone
  Embajadores (Ambassadors) Program
  Minority Leadership Program (MLP) in Action
  Kaiser Family Foundation Greater Than AIDS Meeting
HHS Common PAP Form, CHAI Foundation and HarborPath
Reflections from AIDS2012
 
Christopher Cannon's Volunteer Reflections
Jillian Casey's Reflections on Inclusion and Exclusion at AIDS2012
Daniella Yaloz's Renewal of Commitment
Member and Staff Updates
Digest: The Month In Review
Action Item – RFI Guidance on Data Streamlining and Reducing Undue Reporting Burden
bioLytical INSTI Rapid HIV Test Pricing
Update – 2012 HIV Diagnostics Conference
Update – PS12-1201 IPR PGO Communications
Update – CDC Prevention Status Reports
Save The Date – September 11 Condom Distribution Webinar
Update – HHS HIV Indicators
HIV Decriminalization Talking Points
NASTAD-UCHAPS Syringe Service Guidelines for Health Departments
August ADAP Watch Compilation

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Reports from AIDS2012

This summer, the United States welcomed the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS2012) to Washington, D.C. After an absence of 22 years, the lifting of the HIV travel ban cleared the way for the Conference's return. Given the historical importance of this Conference and the opportunity for our staff to participate in larger numbers than usual, NASTAD is dedicating the September NASTAD News to sharing brief highlights of our AIDS2012 experience.



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Bringing Attention to the U.S. Epidemic
In anticipation of having the Conference right here inside the Beltway and blocks from the Congress and White House, many organizations focused their attention on ways to spotlight the U.S. epidemic. For NASTAD, this included working with the AIDS in America coalition, co-convened by NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield and Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of the AIDS Institute, on a series of activities throughout AIDS2012. Coalition activities included a pre-conference press event on July 10, a community reception on July 23, a second press conference on July 25 and a conference satellite session on focused on achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) on July 26.



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NASTAD Press at AIDS2012
During the AIDS in America satellite session titled "Achieving the Goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy: A Community Perspective," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) provided remarks about the NHAS while NASTAD's Director of Policy and Health Equity Terrance Moore and Deputy Executive Director Murray Penner spoke about achieving the prevention and care and treatment goals of the NHAS. Other panelists included Kali Lindsey, Legislative and Public Affairs Director at the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and Victor Barnes, Interim CEO at AIDS United. Link here for more information.

While focusing the media on the U.S. epidemic during past international conferences has been difficult, we were very pleased with the coverage that these press events and AIDS2012 overall received from the media. Below are links to NASTAD Press coverage during AIDS2012:
Washington Post Treatment Access Article
AIDS in America Press Clips
US Policy Experts Warning During AIDS2012
AIDS Activists Pushing for Medicaid Expansion
Cost Of Treatment Still A Challenge For HIV Patients In U.S.
New Funds Could Shorten Waiting Lists For AIDS Drugs
HuffPost – Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk
Conversation with PBS Frontline "Endgame" Producer
AIDS.gov Blog on Entre Vecinos
NPR Latino USA AIDS2012 Clip
HIV/AIDS and the News Agenda: Implications for Endingthe Epidemic
Other Press on Latinos at AIDS2012
  NBC Latino Coverage of AIDS2012
  Q Radio Segment on Latinos with Francisco Ruiz
  Canal Nuestra Tele Noticias 24 Coverage
  El Pregonero Coverage of AIDS2012
  La Prensa San Diego Coverage A and Coverage B

Visit AIDS2012 for more information on the conference. See Kaiser's coverage and web casting of AIDS2012 here.

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Networking During AIDS2012
There were many opportunities during AIDS2012 for networking, many of which were sponsored by national organizations and industry partners.

NASTAD co-hosted the AIDS in America community reception on July 23 which was convened for Members of Congress and congressional staff, federal partners and NGO/civil society partners both domestic and international. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House ONAP Director Dr. Grant Colfax, CDC DHAP Director Dr. Jono Mermin, CDC DASH Director Dr. Howell Wechsler, and CDC DVH Director Dr. John Ward were among the guests. Of special note, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden attended and provided remarks to guests.







The Merck Foundation hosted a luncheon during which a new initiative focusing on linkages to care in three health departments was announced. Janssen Therapeutics sponsored a reception for the community which included a presentation by Dr. Peter Hunt, San Francisco General Hospital on HIV and Aging. The Open Society Foundation and the Syringe Access Fund hosted a reception featuring Elton John and David Furnish, discussing the support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation for HIV and viral hepatitis prevention through access to sterile syringes. In addition to John and Furnish, Members of Congress Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci attended and voiced their continued support for access to sterile syringes for persons who inject drugs

NASTAD's Julie Scofield, Murray Penner and Terrance Moore attended an HIV/AIDS community reception at the White House during which President Obama thanked attendees for their dedication in addressing HIV/AIDS in America. The reception was well attended by many members of the President's Cabinet as well as various HHS, HRSA and CDC officials and other dignitaries.



NASTAD staff also attended receptions and events hosted by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gilead Sciences and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, as well as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute (Greater Than AIDS), Funders Concerned About AIDS, the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and the National Latino AIDS Action Network.

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NASTAD's Global Village Booth: A Touchstone
Throughout the conference, NASTAD's booth in the global village exhibition hall provided a touchstone for NASTAD members and NASTAD staff from the domestic and global programs to meet, rest, rejuvenate, and commune with and educate conference participants about NASTAD's priorities and programs. The plethora of red ribbons placed by those who visited the booth from around the globe shows the great opportunity AIDS2012 provides in terms of highlighting the tremendous efforts occurring around the globe to end AIDS.





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Pre-Conference Activities

To See and Be Seen: International Indigenous Pre-Conference on HIV and AIDS
Just before AIDS2012 got underway, about 100 people participated in a pre-conference session focused on the response to the epidemic among indigenous peoples around the world. Representatives from the U.S., Canada and Central and Latin America were joined by those from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to discuss best practices, communication with government entities, surveillance and data issues, and strategies to advance the International Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS for Indigenous Peoples and Communities. Read more here.

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Positive Justice Project HIV Decriminalization
The Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP) and the American Bar Association (ABA) hosted a day-long convening for the Positive Justice Project (PJP), a diverse national network of people living with HIV and their advocates working to end HIV criminalization in the United States. This meeting served as the first cross-disciplinary, full-day forum for people living with HIV, medical and public health professionals, community organizers, advocates, attorneys and others to share information on ending HIV criminalization. As a member of the PJP, NASTAD staff worked closely with CHLP and presented on the impact of criminal HIV statutes on public health practice.

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From Stigma to Strength: Strategies for MSM, Transgender People and Allies in a Shifting AIDS Landscape
On July 21, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV held the fifth MSM Pre-Conference in advance of AIDS2012. The pre-conference has become the largest global gathering of activists, researchers, implementers and donors focused on the health and human rights of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This year, with over 500 participants, the sold-out event provided an opportunity to exchange the most recent research, best practices, and advocacy strategies that advance the overall goal of universal access. NASTAD was a co-sponsor of this event and participated on its Planning Committee. View the program here and pictures here.

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Gay Men's Health Summit
A Gay Men's Health Summit took place on July 20–21 at George Washington University, sponsored in partnership by the DC Center for LGBT Health, Us Helping Us, Whitman-Walker Health, and the National Coalition for LGBT Health. This summit brought together a variety of domestic and international participants ranging from community members to health center directors to discuss a broad range of topics impacting gay men's health, including: stigma, sex work, aging, racism, social media, and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). View the full list of presentations here.

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Pre-Session on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS Epidemic
The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with Fundación Huésped and IMLAS-Iniciativa de Medios Latino american ossobre el SIDA, conducted a full-day training with Latin American and Caribbean journalists on July 20. NASTAD's Francisco Ruiz led a presentation on the U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS epidemic (in Spanish). The training included leading journalists from various countries in the region, including: Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, México, Nicaragua, Perú, and Panamá.

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NASTAD's Global Program at AIDS2012
NASTAD's Global Program brings its Field Office Country Directors together with headquarters staff annually for an all-staff meeting. In 2012, NASTAD hosted this meeting in Washington D.C., to facilitate senior Global Program staff attendance at the International AIDS Conference. In our staff meetings, Country Directors identified the following major themes emerging from the conference with implications for the future focus of the Global Program:
Ongoing focus on efficiency and effective use of USG funds. NASTAD should explore how to support effective allocation of funds by local government agencies (e.g., support for planning). NASTAD can work to build its own operational research capacity to demonstrate effectiveness and efficiency of pilot programs.
The increased importance of targeting resources to Most At Risk Populations (MARP) to better impact the epidemic. NASTAD's case surveillance and bio-behavioral surveillance work are very much in line with this priority and should be emphasized. NASTAD's domestic experience working with evidence-based interventions and promoting health equity will be valuable as the NASTAD Global Program explores supporting delivery of interventions to MSM and other high risk populations.
The notion of an AIDS-free generation encourages scale up of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) interventions. NASTAD has effective interventions for PMTCT along a continuum of care, including effective surveillance and linkage to care activities in Haiti and effective community mobilization and generation of demand for ante-natal care services in Ethiopia. NASTAD should explore broader PMTCT initiatives.
International funds will be flat, but indigenous contributions towards addressing the epidemic are increasing. NASTAD Field Offices should continue to explore the possibility of direct funding and relationships with indigenous governments.



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The Global Program's Case Surveillance Workshop
NASTAD has conducted regional workshops on case surveillance in Africa, Haiti and Latin America. Organizers of the conference invited NASTAD to present an abbreviated version of these workshops at AIDS2012. All participants expressed great interest in the underlying thesis: most data needed for surveillance are readily available via existing and available data collection systems. Read more here.

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HIV in Haiti in the Time of Reconstruction
In the two-and-a-half years since the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has emerged as a country with determination and commitment to public health, including HIV/AIDS. To celebrate and highlight this commitment, a special satellite session was hosted at AIDS2012 where NASTAD/Haiti Country Director, Dr. Barbara Roussel was invited to present. Read more here.





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Poster Sessions on NASTAD's Work in Haiti
The NASTAD Global Program has worked with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MoH) to develop and implement the only functioning HIV/AIDS case surveillance systems in the developing world. Read more and access posters here.

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Conference Sessions and Activities Focused on Health Equity

NASTAD and NCSD: Addressing Stigma in Public Health Practice
NASTAD presented a poster at AIDS2012 entitled, A National Community and Institutional Assessment of Stigma and its Impact on Black and Latino Men who have Sex with Men in the United States. As part of the ongoing stigma work supported by the MAC AIDS Fund, the poster presentation included findings from the joint NASTAD/NCSD national assessment examining stigma in public health practice, particularly among Black and Latino men who have sex with men (BLMSM). The poster highlighted the need to strengthen efforts targeting these populations and understand the role of stigma in impeding public health responses. View the poster here.

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AIDS.gov Interview on the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Black Gay Men/MSM
During AIDS2012, Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, interviewed NASTAD's Director of Policy and Health Equity, Terrance Moore. They discussed the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS among Black gay men and other men who have sex with men and efforts underway at the national and state levels to address this disparity. View the video clip here.

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The Latino/Hispanic HIV Community Research Forum: Creando Una Red Para Un Futuro Sin VIH/SIDA
The Latino/Hispanic Research Forum satellite meeting took place July 22, where experts shared current information on the U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS epidemic and highlighted community-based efforts related to prevention, outreach, testing, and treatment. Access the full program here.

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Latino Caribbean Diaspora Collaborative (LCDC) – A Networking Zone
The Latino Caribbean Diaspora Collaborative (LCDC) served as one of the largest installations at the AIDS2012 Global Village. NASTAD was one of several multinational partnering groups from the Western Hemisphere. The interactive installation was free of charge and open to the public. With the theme Puentes Entre Vecinos/Bridges Between Neighbors, the LCDC space showcased daily presentations, roundtable discussions and activities that featured a range of topics, including: aging, harm reduction, human rights, masculinity, biomedical interventions, transgender wellness and treatment, women, and immigrant populations. Access the full list of events here.

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Embajadores (Ambassadors) Program
NASTAD staff, through partnership with the National Latino AIDS Action Network and the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health, developed and implemented the Embajadores Program —an initiative designed to identify, mobilize, and support the next generation of Latino/Hispanic leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS. The program included over 20 Latino/Hispanic leaders representing the ten regions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program provided a platform for knowledge and cultural exchanges among Latino/Hispanic leaders, with the aim of yielding long-term benefits—whether identifying best practices in the field of HIV/AIDS, promoting local responses to HIV/AIDS, building national/international relationships, or enhancing cultural understanding. Throughout the conference, Embajadores blogged (in English and Spanish) on a range of topics based on AIDS2012 scientific tracks and community activities. Upon returning home, Embajadores will make all the information relevant to their everyday lives by organizing an event in their communities based on their AIDS2012 experiences. View a list of participants here.

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Minority Leadership Program (MLP) in Action
NASTAD presented a workshop at AIDS2012 on our domestic and global leadership development efforts. Workshop attendees were provided an interactive overview of NASTAD Global Program's Applied Public Health Program Management Training framework and NASTAD's MLP and participated in a robust discussion of the United States' public health system and HIV/AIDS program structure, including existing workforce issues and considerations. The most poignant part of this workshop came from Safere Diawara's firsthand account of how participation in the MLP impacted his professional development and contributed to his eventual promotion within the health department.

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Kaiser Family Foundation Greater Than AIDS Meeting
The Kaiser Family Foundation convened a satellite meeting on July 25 with state and local health departments focused on the Greater Than AIDS initiative, providing an opportunity to discuss campaign priorities and next steps. Participating states included: Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and Tennessee, along with the municipalities of Alameda, Broward County, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Each jurisdiction made a brief presentation on its efforts to implement Greater Than AIDS and described plans to build stronger community collaborations. Actress Vanessa Williams also attended the meeting to discuss her efforts to get other celebrities to embrace Greater Than AIDS.

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HHS Common PAP Form, CHAI Foundation and HarborPath
NASTAD has worked closely over the last year with a variety of partners on several initiatives to increase and streamline access to treatments for people living with HIV. AIDS2012 served as a catalyst for several of these initiatives to come to fruition, including efforts to develop a common form to simplify application to pharmaceutical patient assistance programs (PAP) and the launch of a new common portal, HarborPath. HHS Secretary Sebelius announced the initiative in her keynote address during the opening session of AIDS2012 (at about 2:26). President Clinton mentioned the initiative and NASTAD as key partners during his keynote address at the closing session of the IAC (at approximately 1:59:25 into the session). Read more here.



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Reflections from AIDS2012

Christopher Cannon's Volunteer Reflections

"I spent my week as a volunteer, helping individuals from around the world. Learning about the prosecution of Norwegian Louis Gay for non-disclosure to a partner highlighted the need to change laws criminalizing individuals for being HIV positive."  Read more here.

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Jillian Casey's Reflections on Inclusion and Exclusion at IAS

"When I look back on this experience for years to come, I fear it is not the scientific findings or the programmatic success stories that I will remember most, but rather the unjust exclusion of injection drug users and commercial sex workers." Read more here.

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Daniella Yaloz's Renewal of Commitment

"Having an opportunity to attend the conference reminded me of the personal impact of our work and renewed my faith in the AIDS community. I truly believe that there will be an AIDS-free generation because there are incredibly brilliant people leading this battle." Read more here.

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Member and Staff Updates

Meico Whitlock is NASTAD's new Communications Manager. Meico comes to NASTAD after a stint as a senior fellow with AIDS.gov (a project of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS) and nearly a decade of experience in the areas of on-line communications strategy, website development, technical training and planning for the use of emerging media technologies. Meico will work across NASTAD's domestic and global teams.

In other staff news, Michelle Batchelor has moved to the NASTAD Global Program as a Senior Manager, responsible for implementing and scaling-up the Applied Public Health Program Management Program, as well as for coordinating our cross-program monitoring and evaluation efforts.

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