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CDC’s New Risk Reduction Tool: Exploring Prevention Options

David Purcell - CDC - headshot - May 2016 - cropped

New biomedical approaches to HIV, such as routine use of ART to treat and prevent HIV, and the use of PrEP and PEP, require changes and greater precision in how we communicate about HIV prevention.  In December 2015, at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, CDC launched a pilot version of a new tool…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Each May, many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance includes national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These represent important opportunities to promote hepatitis…

Tools to Help Consumers Understand How to Use Their New Health Care Coverage

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Health insurance can be a bit confusing at first for individuals who are new to health care coverage. However, there are many excellent resources to help consumers understand how to make the most of it. From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help consumers…

PACHA Remembers Former Member Rev. Vanessa Sharp

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The members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) mourn the loss of Rev. Vanessa Sharp, whose four-year term on PACHA concluded last September. Vanessa died on April 7 in Atlanta. At Rev. Sharp’s memorial service recently, PACHA member Bishop Oliver Allen, Presiding Bishop of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches, paid tribute…

Biomarker Tracks Accelerated HIV-Associated Aging

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Infection Adds Five Years on Average to Biological Age By measuring a molecular signature of aging, researchers have found that HIV infection accelerates aging, adding an average of five years to someone’s biological age. The more rapid aging is occurring in people receiving antiretroviral treatment, so that even though treatment enables them to live for…

Twitter Polls: Same Channel, New Engagement

Screen capture of the AIDS.gov Twitter poll on April 8th.

AIDS.gov is always exploring how social media can amplify our engagement . Our unofficial motto is LETS (Learn, Explore, Try, Share) DO THIS! When Twitter Polls were launched in October 2015, we started watching some brands use them. Before we tried a Twitter Poll, we set three goals: First, we wanted to test the viability…

Read All About It: Routine Screening for HIV Infection

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. The January/February 2016 issue offers 16 scholarly articles about “Implementing Routine HIV Screening in Clinical Settings.” This reading list presents data from HIV testing in diverse health care settings, such as community health centers, emergency departments, family planning clinics, and other…

Syringe Services Programs: Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC – Webinar.

Corinna Dan - new headshot - April 2016

People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk for Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection through the sharing of needles and drug-preparation equipment. The risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections can be substantially reduced by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection….