What's New? April 1996

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 1996 Grants for the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Evaluation Technical Assistance Center. The SPNS program endeavors to advance knowledge and skills in HIV services delivery by stimulating the design of innovative models of care and awarding grants addressing integrated service delivery for persons with HIV disease. Visit the HRSA web site for more information.

Because maintaining a safe blood supply is a public health priority, the Food and Drug Administration recommended in August 1995 that all donated blood and plasma also be screened for HIV-1 p24 antigen, effective within 3 months of licensure of a test labeled for such use. Donor screening for p24 antigen is expected to reduce the number of otherwise undetected infectious donations by approximately 25% per year. This report provides PHS guidelines for a) interpreting p24-antigen assay results, b) counseling and follow-up of blood donors who have positive or indeterminate p24-antigen-test results, and c) using p24-antigen testing in settings other than blood banks. MMWRs are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Lessons Learned Year One: from the Prevention Marketing Initiative Demonstration Sites(D753) is the first of a number of publications describing the planning and implementation of HIV prevention interventions in five American communities. Applying Prevention Marketing (D905) was designed for a wide-ranging audience of those resonsible for HIV prevention programs for young people. It was written to help organizations develop, deliver, and evaluate interventions. Call 1-800-458-5231 to order a FREE copy.

This new booklet from the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes information on how HIV is spread, giving care, providing emotional support, gaurding against infections, cleaning house, protecting yourself, children with AIDS, changing symptoms, and making final arrangements. It also contains a list of resources for further information and a glossary of terms. To order a FREE copy, use the Internet Order Form or call the 1-800-458-5231.

This report is intended as a catalyst of change in the way Americans view the threat of HIV and AIDS to the next generation. What is outlined in this report, is that even though progress has been made, this nation must increase its commitment to greater understanding, education, communication, research, and care to bring an end to this tragic disease among America's youth. Call 1-800-458-5231 to order a print copy.