NASTAD Recognizes Bruce Richman, Dr. Ermane Robin, and NCSD for their Partnership in the Fight Against STDs, HIV, and Hepatitis

By Kyle Taylor May 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—This week, NASTAD, a non-profit, non-partisan association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs honored Bruce Richman, Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign; Dr. Ermane Robin, Senior Technical Advisor, National AIDS Program, Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population; and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and its Executive Director, David C. Harvey, with the NASTAD Partnership Award. These individuals and organizations are being recognized for their outstanding contribution to the fight against HIV, stigma, and discrimination, and for their partnership with NASTAD.

Bruce has been instrumental in raising awareness and building momentum around the Undetectable=Untransmittable campaign which serves to encourage people living with HIV to achieve and maintain viral suppression, and thereby reducing stigma and discrimination. In September 2016, NASTAD announced its commitment to communicating one of the most ground-breaking developments in the last two decades of the epidemic: people living with HIV (PLWH) on effective ART do not transmit HIV. The announcement, as a sign-on to the Prevention Access Campaign’s consensus statement, reinforces the belief that many have had and that science has now proven. Understanding that people with HIV who are undetectable cannot transmit HIV to their partners will help reduce decades of HIV-related stigma and discrimination and encourage people with HIV to initiate and adhere to a successful ART regimen. NASTAD also issued its statement about this ground-breaking science in February 2017.

Ermane is the chief contact at the Haitian Ministry of Health for the HIV case surveillance system (SALVH) and was honored for his work with NASTAD around retaining HIV positive pregnant women in care. He is a longtime partner with NASTAD Haiti, facilitating and easing the way for NASTAD with government partners, advocating for and highlighting NASTAD accomplishments in Haiti and internationally.

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) has shown exemplary dedication to working with NASTAD at the national level to advance common goals, objectives, and policies for health department HIV and STI programs.   NASTAD and NCSD have a long-standing history of working together to improve health for gay men and eradicating stigma, including the creation of the toolkit Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for Improving HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men and a commitment to fostering collaboration between state HIV and STD directors by co-hosting joint work group and board meetings.

“In 2016, NASTAD strengthened existing partnerships and forged new ones that will no doubt prove vital for advancing our vision of ending the HIV and hepatitis epidemics,” said Murray C. Penner, NASTAD’s Executive Director. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Bruce, Ermane, and NCSD in the months and years ahead.”

NASTAD’s Partnership Award is presented annually to individuals, organizations, and/or coalitions who have consistently demonstrated their partnership in working with NASTAD to advance common goals, objectives, and policies. Current and former federal officials, Members of Congress and their staff, along with other partners working at the national or international level, are eligible for this award.

About NASTAD

Founded in 1992, NASTAD is a leading non-profit, non-partisan association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. and around the world. Our singular mission is to end the intersecting epidemics of HIV, viral hepatitis, and related conditions. We do this work by strengthening domestic and global governmental public health through advocacy, capacity building, and social justice.

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