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Issue No. 41 | September 21, 2012

News and Features

Dr. Lynne Mofenson Receives 2012 Federal Employee of the Year Award

Dr. Lynne Meryl Mofenson, Branch Chief, Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH), was awarded a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (“Sammie”) in recognition of her contributions to stemming the AIDS epidemic among children by studying ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service. Dr. Mofenson received the 2012 Federal Employee of the Year medal.

Dr. Mofenson serves as Executive Secretary for the panels producing the HHS Perinatal and Pediatric Antiretroviral Guidelines.

AIDSinfo and the members of the Perinatal and Pediatric Antiretroviral Guideline Panels extend their congratulations to Dr. Mofenson on her richly merited award.

Learn more about Dr. Mofenson’s contributions to HIV research:

Fifth Annual Awareness Day Highlights HIV Among Gay Men

September 27 marks the fifth annual observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day serves to raise awareness of the disproportionate burden of HIV among gay and bisexual men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population but accounted for more than 50% of all new HIV infections annually from 2006 to 2009.

Explore our National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage to learn more about HIV/AIDS among gay men. Visit infoSIDA to explore the webpage in Spanish.

CDC NPIN is hosting a webinar titled “Innovations in HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men” in observance of this awareness day. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. CDC researchers will discuss innovative HIV prevention activities aimed at reducing HIV-related inequities among gay and bisexual men. The webinar registration page includes a list of presenters.

NIH Study Suggests Transmitted HIV Strains Often Resemble Original Infecting Virus in Heterosexual Individuals

"A new study has found that even though HIV diversifies widely within infected individuals over time, the virus strains that ultimately are passed on through heterosexual transmission often resemble the strain of virus that originally infected the transmitting partner. Learning the characteristics of these preferentially transmitted HIV strains may help advance HIV prevention efforts, particularly with regard to an HIV vaccine, according to the scientists who conducted the study."

More information is available: