In this episode, Foundation CEO Mark Cloutier reflects on the forward progress of the Foundation in 2009 and talks about what’s ahead for 2010. Mark speaks to the impacts of the economic downturn in California, the growing evidence around the efficacy of "test and treat" programs and reaching more people with opt-out testing.
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In this exerpt from the Foundation's latest HIVision Forum, panelists, Imani Woods and Grant Colfax, explore the philosophy and misunderstanding around harm reduction, the tangible results they’ve seen from programs that operate from a harm reduction premise and the capacity of those programs to bring positive change to people's lives.
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In this episode Ernest Hopkins, the Foundation's Director of Federal Affairs, talks about the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act. On the eve of the White House signing ceremony, Ernest reveals the importance of providing life-sustaining care for people living with HIV and AIDS through Ryan White as health care reform makes its way through Congress.
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Recent results from a study trial in Thailand provide the first glimpse of hope that we may someday have a vaccine that protects people from HIV infection. In this episode, Mitchell Warren, Executive Director of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, reviews these new scientific findings with the Foundation's Erik Ireland and explains what the results mean…and what they don't.
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The Foundation partners with many organizations to reduce new HIV infections and increase access to care for people living with HIV. In this episode, Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director of Project Inform, discusses HIV treatment as HIV prevention, PrEP and the importance of the National HIV/AIDS Treatment and Information Hotline.
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One of the least understood areas of HIV research is the ongoing hunt for a vaccine to prevent infection. In this episode, Jen Sarché of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, answers questions about the 505 Study, a new HIV vaccine trial being conducted by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network at the National Institutes of Health. San Francisco is one of ten nationwide sites for the 505 Study, designed to increase our understanding of the T-cell's response to infection. Jen will work with partners across the region—including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation—to raise understanding about HIV vaccines and how individuals can get involved in the search.
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In this episode, Steve Gibson, director of Magnet, the Foundation's gay men's health center in the Castro, discusses his upcoming presentation at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference. Magnet is on the forefront of RNA testing for HIV in a community setting, helping locate cases of acute HIV infection among gay men in San Francisco and moving the Foundation closer to a goal of having every San Francisco resident between the ages of 13 and 65 know their current HIV status by 2015. Steve shares some of the information that this unique perspective is revealing.
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While signing the state budget, Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto power to slash an additional $52 million in funding for HIV/AIDS programs. That cut, which eliminates all state support for HIV testing, prevention and care, came on top of the more than $30 million already agreed to by the Legislature in order to balance the budget. In this episode, Courtney Mulhern-Pearson – the Foundation’s Legislative and Policy Associate – gives us an update on the governor's last-minute HIV budget cuts and efforts underway to reverse them.
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In this episode Dale Gluth, the HIV Counseling Testing & Linkages Manager at Magnet, discusses sexual harm reduction and how it factors into a comprehensive strategy for combating new HIV infections in San Francisco. Located in the heart of San Francisco's Castro district, Magnet offers free sexual health services including HIV and STD testing for gay and bisexual men.
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