In order to achieve the three primary goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), reducing HIV infection, increasing access and improving care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities, the NHAS challenges stakeholders to respond in a more coordinated national response. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that youth ages 13-24 years have the highest proportion of undiagnosed HIV and that the rate of HIV diagnoses is increasing2, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) responded to this challenge for a more coordinated national response with the funding opportunity announcement for a national resource center for HIV prevention among adolescents.
In September 2011, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center was awarded funding from OAH to develop a National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents (Resource Center). The goal of the Resource Center is to build national capacity in youth HIV prevention by providing a central, online location to access training, technical assistance, information exchange, and a resource library to remain current about published literature and evidence-based programs and practices.
The Resource Center website, preventyouthHIV.org, is designed for a broad range of youth providers. The homepage includes features such as frequently asked questions and other strategies for accessing targeted information quickly. Resource Center website consumers can communicate and request technical assistance e.g. "How can we help?" Information on the website is broken down into three content areas:
For more information contact:
François-Xavier Bagnoud Center
(1) CDC. HIV Surveillance Report, 2009; Volume 21. Published February 2011. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2009report/. Accessed June 13, 2011. Based on information from 40 states and 5 dependent areas with confidential name-based HIV infection reporting, Table 3b.
(2) CDC. HIV Surveillance United States — 1981–2008. MMWR 2011; 689-693.
(3) CDC. Tiers of Evidence: A Framework for Classifying HIV Behavioral Interventions. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/research/prs/tiers-of-evidence.htm
(4) Calculations based on information from Diagnoses of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2009 Table 3b. HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 21. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2009report/ Accessed June 13 2011.
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