Year in Review: Top 10 Blog Posts about Health Department HIV Programs for 2014

By Michelle Allen December 19, 2014

As we prepare to close out the year, we at NASTAD are looking back at some of the stories and content that generated the most interest on website and blog in 2014. We encourage you to revisit these stories and share the information as you prepare your jurisdiction or organization for the New Year.

Today, we highlight some of our most-read blogs posts in 2014.

  1. Six Lessons for Health Departments Using PrEP as an HIV Prevention Tool In Washington State, they spent a lot of time talking about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the use of antiretroviral medication to prevent HIV infection, and what it means for our work. They gave themselves space to be curious, to make mistakes and to be OK with not creating the perfect plan. More importantly, they have made the decision to act, even as they continue to define their commitment.
  2. Young Black Gay Men: What Do We Need? What did I need? Emotionally? Mentally? Support systems? Was the facilitator talking about the collective “you,” as young Black gay men or me individually? I had never considered the question as I had gone about this work, and needless to say, I was stumped. I spoke from the heart.
  3. NASTAD and NCSD Launch Stigma Toolkit for Black and Latino Gay Men The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) launched  “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and Latino Gay Men,” containing 17 recommendations for reducing public health stigma that prevents Black and Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from receiving optimal health care.
  4. AIDS Drug Assistance Programs Support New ACA Coverage Options for Thousands of People Living with HIV The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released new data emphasizing the essential role the Ryan White Program, specifically the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), plays for people living with HIV (PLWH), including those who have insurance and those who are uninsured.
  5. How Health Departments Are Accelerating Improvements in HIV Prevention and Care in the United States As HIV/AIDS directors in state and territorial health departments, we are no strangers to the concept of strategic planning. Community engagement, consumer advisory, and evidence-based decision making are hallmarks of our approaches—as is the capacity for our systems to evolve and adapt in response to emerging trends and population needs.
  6. How Health Departments Are Modernizing HIV Prevention with Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) The slow acceptance of PrEP as a viable option demonstrates an incredible need to educate potential PrEP users and prescribing providers. This situation gives health departments the opportunity to strategize innovative ways to develop effective PrEP education and access programs that could significantly raise bars of the HIV care continuum.
  7. How New York is Using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to End HIV In June 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to bring HIV below epidemic levels in the state by 2020. In this plan, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is identified as one of three key strategies for reducing new HIV infections.
  8. NASTAD Releases Key Findings of the 2014 National AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Monitoring Project Annual Report The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released key findings of the 2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. The National ADAP Monitoring Project is NASTAD’s long-standing effort to document new developments and challenges facing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), assessing key trends over time and providing the latest available data on the status of ADAPs.
  9. An Emerging Epidemic: The Public Health Response to Hepatitis C Infection among Young People who Inject Drugs In recent years, health departments have seen an alarming increase in new HCV cases among people under the age of 30 in states like Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.
  10. No More Silos – PrEP is One Component of Gay Men’s Sexual Health: A Health Department Approach to PrEP It was December of 2010, and at long last, there was confirmed proof that an antiviral medicine (Truvada) could protect against HIV infection before exposure, and that it worked for gay and bisexual men and transgender women. The staff at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health steeled themselves for the onslaught of requests for immediate access to PrEP from the community, but those calls never came and they needed to understand why.

We hope that these posts have been useful throughout the year and we look forward to working with your jurisdiction in the New Year!