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HealthCare.gov Launches New Site and New Services to Answer Your Questions

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This week, the folks at HealthCare.gov showcased new features of their website and the new Health Insurance Marketplace call center now available to help get you ready to shop for the new coverage options in the online marketplaces going live in less than 100 days. In a Google hangout held on July 10, 2013, Julie Bataille…

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…

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…

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…

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Opportunity for Use of New Media to Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the use of new media to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations. SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention and New Media program seeks to decrease stigma and discrimination…

$1 Billion Health Care Innovation Awards Initiative Includes Opportunities for Models to Improve Care for PLWHA

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Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund grant awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs for taxpayers and patients. The Health Care Innovation Awards are funded by…

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Bulletin

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The implementation of scientifically proven HIV prevention strategies is helping to reduce the number of new infections — the annual HIV infection rate globally fell by 22 percent from 2001 to 2011 — but a great deal more must be done. Significant scale-up of proven HIV prevention strategies coupled with the discovery of new HIV…

Navigating HIV Care: Using Navigators, Linkage Specialists & Community Health Care Workers to Improve Health Outcomes Webinar

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On Thursday, May 23, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS & Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) working with the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) will convene a webinar to discuss how HIV care navigation can improve health equity and decrease disparities by addressing barriers to care. The title of the webinar is Navigating HIV Care: Using…