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3 Takeaways from our Black Voices Blog Series

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From the beginning of the AIDS.gov blog, we found that encouraging conversations is the best way to ensure that we are connecting with our readers. By joining our “voice” with the voices of those we are working to reach and serve, we work together to increase access to HIV/AIDS information. Our conversations have yielded important…

Webinar Invitation: The ACA and LGBT Individuals—Delivering Culturally Competent Quality Care in Clinical Settings

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On May 20, 2014, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a webinar to present best practices in caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients in the clinical setting, particularly those at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing new…

How Health Departments Are Addressing the Viral Hepatitis Epidemic in the U.S.

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In my role in Washington State, I oversee the state health department’s work in the areas of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), tuberculosis and viral hepatitis. In my role as a member of NASTAD’s Executive Committee and Chair-Elect, I work with state health department colleagues across the country, many of whom have a similar portfolio…

Spotlight on Elimination of Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B

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As we approach Mother’s Day, which happens to occur during May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, it is an ideal time to learn more about hepatitis B and the important steps to that can be taken to realize the goal of eliminating mother-to-infant transmission of this preventable disease. Elimination of perinatal transmission of hepatitis B…

New CDC Web Page Highlights ACA-Covered Preventive Services for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB

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Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans must cover a set of preventive services like shots and screening tests at no cost to you. All Marketplace plans and many other plans must cover the preventive services without charging you a copayment or coinsurance. This is true even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible….

Dr. David Holtgrave Appointed Vice Chair of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

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David Holtgrave, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has recently been appointed to the newly created position of Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Dr. Holtgrave, who has served on PACHA since 2010, will work closely…

Protect Yourself from Hepatitis B

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Did you know that 1.2 million people in the U.S. have chronic Hepatitis B, but many more people don’t know they’re infected because they have no symptoms? Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness that can lead to…

Three Steps Towards Twitter Engagement as a Healthcare Professional Part II

Alisa M. Hughley, MPH

Author’s Note: Last week, I blogged on 4 Things I learned about MDs of Color on Twitter. I recently interviewed some physicians to learn how they use Twitter in their professional lives and gained a wealth of information from both last week’s post and from the information I have shared here. Health care providers of…