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Sharpening Our Focus on Black MSM Vital to Meeting National Goals

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As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2014, we are reminded that African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Among African Americans, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (Black MSM) are especially hard hit, representing more than half of all estimated new HIV infections…

Ending Discrimination in Health Care: New Tools from the Affordable Care Act

Leon Rodriguez

For far too long, many Americans – including men and women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and individuals with pre-existing conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, or mental health concerns – have not received equal access to health care. While health care providers are making great strides in improving the…

HHS Launches Information Is Powerful Medicine Campaign

Information is Powerful Medicine

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proud to announce the launch of the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. The campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to improve health outcomes for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Focusing specifically on Black gay, bisexual,…

Justice Department: Fighting Discrimination against People Living with HIV

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[Editor’s note: As we approach World AIDS Day, we reflect on the fact that many things have happened this year that affect people living with HIV/AIDS and those who care for them, including the release of important new documents and Federal resources. We wanted to call your attention to two recent announcements from the U.S....

HHS Region VIII Agencies Convene to Discuss National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation

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With efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) unfolding across the country, we thought it would be valuable to gather our Federal colleagues in this region to identify ways to coordinate and collaborate in our HIV/AIDS-related activities. After all, the NHAS calls for a more coordinated national response to the epidemic. To realize the…

The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS Policy on Bullying and Teen Suicide

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We recently wrote a post about the very serious problem of bullying and teen suicide. Children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are at particular risk. People from across the country and around the world, including President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, have created videos…

Increasing Access to Health Care for People Living With HIV: We Need Your Help

Georgina Verdugo

Earlier this week, OCR entered into a settlement agreement with the Windsor Rosewood Care Center, LLC (WRCC), a Contra Costa County, California nursing home, which agreed to provide individuals living with HIV equal access to its facility, as required by Federal law. This settlement resulted from a discrimination complaint initiated by a case manager who…

To Blog or Not to Blog-Our AIDS.gov Journey Continues

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Last week we told you we were going to do another entry on social networking sites–but we decided to preempt that post because we’ve reached an important anniversary, and we held a meeting about AIDS.gov’s future. We want to tell you about both of those things, and get your input. When we launched this blog…