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Report by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status

James Albino

On March 16, the White House released the Report by the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status. That report contained a number of recommendations related to Puerto Rico’s political status and economic development; it also addressed the need for HIV outreach and education, especially for Puerto Rico’s veterans.   In July 2011, the President…

One Year: The Affordable Care Act

HealthCare.gov: Take health care into your own hands.

A year ago this week, President Obama signed the landmark Affordable Care Act into law.  In just one year, the Affordable Care Act has already given Americans more freedom and control over their health care choices. The Affordable Care Act is working to lower health care costs for families and businesses. It also is working…

Addressing Language Barriers Through New Media

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A recent blog post talked about AIDSinfo, the National Library of Medicine’s online resource recently released as a mobile app. At the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health (OMH) we have another useful new media tool—a translation widget (English-Spanish) of common HIV/AIDS-related terminology.

Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Health Care System Capacity for Increased HIV Testing and Provision of Care

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Today, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its third and final report in a project commissioned by the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  Entitled “HIV Screening and Access to Care: Health Care System Capacity for Increased HIV Testing and Provision of Care,” the report examines the current capacity of the health care system to…

PEPFAR Programs Support African Efforts to Fight Global AIDS

AIDS wall mural from Johannesburg, South Africa

I just returned from a visit to three African nations, where I saw encouraging gains in the fight against HIV. In these countries, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is enabling countries to take leadership of the fight against HIV for their people. In Johannesburg, South Africa, I was part of a…

IHS Statement on National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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This Sunday, March 20, marks the 5th observance of National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day is set aside to acknowledge that HIV continues to threaten the health and well-being of Native communities.  On this day we celebrate our successes and plan how to best continue working in partnership to address HIV and AIDS…

Defying the Odds: End the Rise of HIV/AIDS in Native American Communities

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HIV remains a highly stigmatized condition. It is a serious medical condition and people still die of AIDS.  Nonetheless, we have highly effective treatments for people living with HIV and better tools than ever before to prevent infection. As uncomfortable as it may be for some people to talk about HIV and AIDS, discussing the…

Moving Forward on Gender: PEPFAR’s Plans

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This past week, we celebrated International Women's Day. According to the World Health Organization, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 15-44, and nearly 60 percent of the people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Throughout the week, PEPFAR highlighted its work in addressing gender and the…

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