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HOPWA Formula Modernization Reflects Current HIV Trends

Director’s Note from Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy: We know that people living with HIV who have unstable housing have poorer health outcomes and are at greater risk for transmitting HIV. I conducted research on this very issue while I was at CDC, and these findings have been…

Join The Listening Session To Address HIV In The Transgender Community On December 8, 2016 – Open Call For Speakers!

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a community listening session on strategies for improving HIV prevention and care for transgender women of color. The session will be conducted via webinar from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (ET). Dr. Amy Lansky, Director of the White House Office of…

What is SMAIF?

In September, during the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), AIDS.gov shared information about and launched new web pages that describe the work of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF). SMAIF funds innovative projects to improve HIV prevention and care in communities of color. The new pages will make it easier for people to learn…

Boo!: Scary Passwords?

Happy Halloween! As we close out National Cybersecurity Awareness Month , it’s important to talk about cybersecurity attentiveness. We may know the importance of keeping our professional and personal information secure and adhering to the latest cybersecurity guidance. We may also take cybersecurity training and use antivirus and antimalware tools. But do we manage our  passwords…

Employment and People Living with HIV: #InclusionWorks!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), celebrating the contributions of workers with disabilities and raising awareness of the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Employment is an essential part of leading an independent, self-directed life for all people, including people living with HIV/AIDS. Reflecting this, the U.S. Department…

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway through December 7

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and younger adults with permanent disabilities, is an important source of health coverage for people with HIV.  An estimated 120,000 Medicare beneficiaries are living with HIV. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and…

ICYMI – Advances in Research on HIV Prevention for Women

Last week, in a Facebook Live event we heard from NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach about some new developments in HIV prevention for women shared at the HIV Research for Prevention Conference  (R4P) in Chicago.  Carl is the Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He and his…

EEOC Files 2 HIV-related Employment Discrimination Suits

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one of the federal agencies engaged in implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, recently announced that it has filed two HIV discrimination lawsuits. EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. The suits allege two Texas employers violated federal law by engaging in disability-related discrimination based on HIV…