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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…

Health 2.0 Digital Technology in Clinical Care

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Health 2.0 Digital Technology Conference

At the Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care  conference held last month, speakers offered strategies for using technology to expand health care from clinical settings to a 24/7 partnership enterprise. “We must take health care out of the office and make it a continuous focus in the lives of patients,” said Dr. Joseph Kvedar,…

PACHA Passes Two Spirit and Transgender Resolutions and Discusses the Stigma Index

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The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index…