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Updated National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 – 2020 Released

Summary: The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 – 2020 has been released If you haven’t already seen it, we want to encourage you to take some time to learn about the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 (Action Plan). The updated Action Plan represents a new phase and is the nation’s roadmap for addressing viral…

South African Study Provides Compelling New Evidence on Role of Person-to Person Transmission in Drug-Resistant TB Epidemics

CDC/Emory/NIH study published in The New England Journal of Medicine adds to growing body of evidence that extensively drug-resistant TB is fueled more by direct transmission than previously thought in high-burden settings.  A study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine  provides compelling evidence that extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is spreading from…

ONC Announces Winners Of Consumer And Provider App Challenges To Improve Health Information access and use

Editor’s Note: HHS announced the winners of the Consumer Health Data Aggregator and Provider User Experience Challenges last week. Encouraging and supporting innovation around digital health solutions is a central part of our mission, and finding new ways to easily and securely integrate health data from different health care providers has the potential to help many individuals in the…

Black Voices: A Reflection of Service on MLK Day

In 2015, we started asking our Black Voices bloggers to reflect on what service means to them as we stopped to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of our bloggers, Guy Anthony, chose to reflect on Dr. King’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you…

HRSA and HUD Launch Data Integration Pilot to Improve HIV Care and Housing Coordination

According to data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), people living with HIV who are temporarily or unstably housed have lower rates of retention in care and viral suppression. A new $3.6 million, three-year investment of resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) is supporting five communities in the implementation, utilization, and…

Digital Storytelling for Change

Digital storytelling can be an important outreach tool to promote attention to health and wellness for people who may be at increased risk for acquiring HIV.  We believe digital storytelling, like AIDS.gov’s Positive Spin series, can create awareness, conversations, and action for those affected by HIV. (If you haven’t checked the series out yet, Positive…

Seizing Opportunities in Viral Hepatitis Can Save Lives

Summary: Dr. Richard Wolitski describes federal opportunities for addressing viral hepatitis. Early this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinators from state health departments across the nation, sharing highlights of federal activities that complement and support their vital work at the state level. The Coordinators had assembled in Washington, DC,…

ICMYI: World AIDS Day and Toward 2017

As the AIDS.gov team reflects on 2016 and looks forward to 2017, today we recap our World AIDS Day 2016 posts. From the White House The White House published a blog post marking both domestic and global successes in the response to HIV, and recognizing the challenges and continued work needed to end AIDS worldwide…