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Issue No. 13 | June 6, 2014

News and Features

National Library of Medicine Announces Solicitation of Quotations for the 2014 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS-related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval; 
  • Skills development; 
  • Resource development; and/or 
  • Equipment acquisition.
Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; 
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or 
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.
Awards are offered for up to $40,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Friday, July 11, 2014.

View the solicitation for the 2014 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects on the Federal Business Opportunities website. Small businesses can apply to a specific set-aside.

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities website for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2014 request for quotations (RFQ).

June 8 is Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On June 8, AIDSinfo joins the nation in observing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day serves to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, a region disproportionately affected by this disease. According to the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), outside of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean region has the highest HIV prevalence in the world. In addition to raising awareness, the purpose of this day is to provide information and resources about HIV/AIDS to Caribbean Americans.

Explore our Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage [en español] to learn more about the observance and to find information about HIV/AIDS in this region of the world.

Recent HIV/AIDS News from NIAID and FDA

News from NIAID

June 2, 2014: Scientists Uncover Features of Antibody-Producing Cells in People Infected with HIV

"By analyzing the blood of almost 100 treated and untreated HIV-infected volunteers, a team of scientists has identified previously unknown characteristics of B cells in the context of HIV infection. B cells are the immune system cells that make antibodies to HIV and other pathogens. The findings augment the current understanding of how HIV disease develops and have implications for the timing of treatment."

News from FDA
"On June 17, 2014, The Forum for Collaborative HIV Research will host an all-day workshop in Washington, DC at the Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center as part of an ongoing, open process to seek input from the broader HIV community on specific regulatory issues in cure research - such as acceptable risk, ethics, informed consent and appropriate populations.

"The workshop is a collaboration between The Forum, NIH, and FDA, and will involve community, industry and academia."