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Conversations from AIDS 2014: Practitioner Bisola Ojikutu, M.D., MPH

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At the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Bisola O. Ojikutu, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Senior Advisor at JSI, and asked her to offer her reflections on some of the key ideas she’s heard at the conference. Among…

Join the White House World Hepatitis Day Event Live Broadcast on July 30

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Every year, we commemorate World Hepatitis Day (WHD) and re-commit to addressing viral hepatitis, a disease that affects approximately 400 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 1.4 million people each year according to the World Health Organization . Despite serious consequences including liver cancer and liver failure, viral hepatitis remains a “silent killer” and many people…

New Study: 10.3 million gained health coverage during the Marketplace’s first annual open enrollment period

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today the release of a new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, estimating that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The report examines trends in insurance before and after the…

NIH’s Dr. Gina Brown Reflects on HIV Among Women and Girls –Highlights from AIDS 2014

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Addressing HIV/AIDS among women and girls was a key focus area of many sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. Presenters covered such important topics as HIV prevention interventions for women and girls, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and enhancing HIV care and treatment for women and girls. To learn…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Highlights from Thursday at AIDS 2014

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At the conclusion of Thursday’s sessions at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia, we spoke again with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID to hear his summary of conference highlights of the day. Dr. Dieffenbach observed that much of the conversation on Thursday was around advances in HIV prevention and how to optimize…

President Obama Signs a New Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers

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“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming.” Those were President Obama’s words to the audience in the East Room of the White House this morning, before he signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. At the signing, the President…

Conversations from AIDS 2014: Ron Valdiserri and Phill Wilson

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As the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) continues in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, spoke with Phill Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute  and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, about what stood out to him so far. During their conversation,…

AIDS 2014 Day 3: CDC’s Laura Kann on Adolescents and HIV-Related Risk Behavior

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Dr. Laura Kann, head of the School-Based Surveillance Branch in CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, is attending AIDS 2014 to present a study entitled “Unequal Progress and Cause for Concern: Differences in HIV-Related Risk Behavior Trends Among Subgroups of Adolescents, 1991-2013” . The study, which is based on data from the CDC’s National…

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