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FDA approves first genotyping test for patients with hepatitis C virus

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a test that identifies the genotype of hepatitis C virus (HCV) that a patient is carrying. The Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype II, which can differentiate genotypes 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5,using a sample of an infected patient’s blood plasma or serum, will aid health…

AIDSVu Maps Depict Impact of HIV in America

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Yesterday, National HIV Testing Day, marked the third annual update to AIDSVu , an interactive online tool that maps the HIV epidemic across the United States. A project of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, AIDSVu displays HIV prevalence data at the national, state and local levels and by different demographics, including age,…

Take the Test and Take Control: National HIV Testing Day

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Take control of your health and observe the nineteenth annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) by taking an HIV test.  The 2013 NHTD theme, “Take the Test and Take Control,” promotes the importance of HIV testing in detecting, treating, and preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.  CDC reported that, since the mid-1990’s, the number of…

Advances in HIV Testing

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Today is the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). HIV testing is the first critical step to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States, and testing and linkage to care continue to be the mainstay of our prevention efforts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV testing is the only way…

Statement by the President on National HIV Testing Day

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Today is National HIV Testing Day, when we encourage people across the United States to get tested.  Early detection and treatment for HIV saves lives, and yet over half of adults in the United States have never been tested. Nearly one in five people living with HIV in this country doesn’t know his or her…

New NHTD Video from the White House Office of National AIDS Policy

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The AIDS.gov team thanks Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), for working with us on a video message to promote HIV testing for National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). In the video, Dr. Colfax stresses the availability of effective treatment for HIV and explains the need for people…

ADA.gov: National HIV Testing Day is June 27

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day dedicated to encouraging people to get tested for HIV. An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, and approximately 18% do not know they have the virus. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice urges people to find a National…

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Supreme Court Ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

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Today’s Supreme Court decision finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is a victory for equality, which is a core belief of this administration. It is also a victory for families, especially those children whose parents’ legal same sex marriages can now be recognized under federal law. As a result of today’s ruling, the federal…