MAY-20-13 Dr. Ronald Valdiserri writes to recognize the second anniversary of Combating the
Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care
& Treatment of Viral Hepatitis and to share
an important announcement from Dr. Howard Koh about plans to update and renew the
existing plan through
MAY-16-13 Dr. Howard Koh, the Assistant Secretary for Health, announced on May 16 that the partner agencies are committed and dedicated to renewing the Action Plan for another three years and are currently working on their vision and priorities for 2014-2016.
|HIV Testing Policies and Models of Implementation of Routine HIV Testing|
In September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its HIV testing recommendations for adults, adolescents, and pregnant women recommending routine, opt-out testing in health-care settings. Soon after the release of the guidelines, the national summit "New Opportunities in HIV Diagnosis Prevention and Access to Care" was convened in Washington DC and highlighted critical public health, clinical, legal, and social issues emerging from the current status of the HIV epidemic in the United States in the context of the revised CDC recommendations. The summit effectively raised national awareness of the urgent need to improve and expand domestic diagnosis, prevention, and access to care. In November 2008, a second national summit will bring together experts to continue the discussions around improving HIV diagnosis, prevention, and access to care. The scientific planning committee for the 2008 national summit includes representation from federal, state, and local agencies, academic, industry, community and advocacy groups.
Several themes emerged from the 2006 summit requiring more in depth discussions with relevant stakeholders. These will be addressed by a series of roundtable discussions in preparation for the November 2008 summit.
The first research discussion of the series will focus on developing a unified and supportive framework for routine HIV testing and identifying models for implementing opt-out HIV testing programs. The objectives for this roundtable are:
The Forum will generate a report summarizing the topics, themes, and recommendations discussed at the roundtable. Information generated from the roundtable will also serve as a blueprint for the upcoming 2008 national summit in November, 2008.
The roundtable was held on April 17-18, 2008 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA
Roundtable Planning Committee Members:
David Kern, Roundtable Chair
Christine Lubinski, Roundtable Chair
Rich Rothman, Roundtable Chair
John G Bartlett, HIV Summit Chair
Bernard M. Branson
Kenneth Mayer, HIV Summit Chair
Ronald O. Valdiserri