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Ambassador Birx Reflects on AIDS 2014 Highlights

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Last week I had the opportunity to share my reflections on what the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ) means for our efforts to achieve the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. For an international perspective, I had an opportunity to sit down with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS,…

HHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding

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221 Health Centers nationwide will expand behavioral health services using funds from the health care law Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for over 450,000 people…

Best Practices in Engaging the LGBT Community on the Affordable Care Act

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Across America, the Affordable Care Act is having a tremendous, positive impact on the health, wellbeing, and economic security of millions of Americans, including LGBT people and their families. Many members of the LGBT community face limited access to health care and insurance, and are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy….

Shared Struggles, Shared Successes: Working at the Intersection of LGBTI and Disability Rights

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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division posted this update in the lead-up to the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. While that anniversary has passed, we thought it was still important to share this information about how the Division has continued to enforce the ADA and…

Lost a Follower? Tracking Followers and Unfollowers on Twitter

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Last week we shared a video from AIDS 2014 that discussed going beyond the number of followers who “like” and “share” your content on social media, and focusing on the the impact of your messaging for HIV prevention. Impacting people on social media however involves growing and building a following. But what happens when you…

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

Dr. M. Sulkowski and Dr. J. Molina discuss HIV-HCV coinfection study findings at AIDS 2014. Photo Courtesy of the International AIDS Foundation

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease…

Surgeon agrees to treat HIV-positive patients after losing federal funding

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A California surgeon has voluntarily entered into a Post-Termination Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to restore his eligibility to receive federal funding from HHS. The surgeon’s funding was terminated after OCR and the HHS Departmental Appeals Board concluded that he intentionally discriminated against…

Breaking the Silence around Global Viral Hepatitis

Jimmy Kolker, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs

July 28 marked World Hepatitis Day—a day to reflect on the impact viral hepatitis has on millions of lives around the world and celebrate the progress we’ve made in preventing and treating millions more. Viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers and the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis. Preventing and…