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Transitions: In Appreciation of Christopher Bates’ Service to HHS

Christopher Bates

At the end of this week, my colleague Mr. Christopher Bates will retire, bringing to a close a distinguished career in federal service to the HIV/AIDS community. Christopher has served this office and its predecessor for nearly 15 years. He began work at the office then known as the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP) in…

Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health insurance coverage

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$58 million to provide expanded enrollment assistance Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $58 million in grants to 1,157 health centers across the nation currently working to enroll uninsured Americans in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers can expand their…

How YOU Were #FacingAIDS for World AIDS Day (Storify)

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“Hashtag” was the word of the year in 2012, and we’ve seen its use expand from Twitter to Instagram, Facebook, Vine, and other social networks in the last few years. Hashtags link unique keywords and phrases with the “#” symbol, allowing conversations to be more organized and searchable across social network users. We commonly use…

AIDSinfo Releases New, Redesigned HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets

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AIDSinfo has released new, redesigned fact sheets on a variety of HIV/AIDS topics. Our fact sheets are written in easy-to-read language and are meant to complement the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. They are an excellent patient education resource for people with HIV, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to learn more…

FDA approves Sovaldi for chronic hepatitis C

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Drug is third with breakthrough therapy designation to receive FDA approval The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Sovaldi is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon. “Today’s…

Key Federal World AIDS Day Speeches

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The week of World AIDS Day is always an important and busy time for the HIV community. Our partners work especially hard to lend visibility to HIV awareness and to educate people we may not reach the rest of the year. We end this week by showcasing several key voices in the dialogue for HIV/AIDS…

President Obama Signs Reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Dr. Tom Frieden

Ten years ago, HIV/AIDS was devastating the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals in communities across Africa and in other resource-poor countries around the world. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we have since made extraordinary progress in reducing new HIV infections and providing life-saving care and treatment to those who…

HIV Activist Shares His Experiences with Facing AIDS Initiative

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Editors Note: Bradford McIntyre, an HIV activist who runs the “Positively Positive: Living with HIV” website in Canada (www.PositivelyPositive.ca ) has participated in AIDS.gov’s #FacingAIDS initiative for four years. We asked him how he heard about the initiative, how he uses it in his work, and what Facing AIDS means to him. How did you first…