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For National HIV Testing Day, CDC Launches Serostatus Matters, a New Continuing Medical Education Opportunity to Encourage Primary Care Providers to Test their Patients for HIV

CDC Serostatus blog June 27 - cropped June 2016

Over 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV and 1 in 8 – approximately 156,300 people – do not know they have it. HIV testing is the only way people can tell if they have HIV. Therefore, as part of an ongoing efforts to ensure everyone is tested for HIV at…

Reflections on National Transgender HIV Testing Day

JoAnne Keatley headshot

The inaugural National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) on April 18 marked a milestone for members of the trans community, who face high HIV impact. Almost a year in the making, this awareness day is the result of efforts led by JoAnne Keatley, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California,…

National HIV Testing Day Efforts Increase HIV Testing but Testing Opportunities Still Missed During Most Health Care Visits

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Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing and to create events that make it easy to obtain an HIV test. Currently, an estimated 87 percent of people living with HIV in the United States know of their infection. But there is still much work…

REALLY: Get Tested

Rich Wolitski - Headshot - no jacket not smiling - cropped June 2016

I’ve seen firsthand the impact that HIV testing can have on people’s lives. My first involvement in HIV was as a volunteer HIV pretest and posttest counselor in Long Beach, California, while I was in my 20s. I talked to people who came in to get tested because they were anxious and afraid they had…

National HIV Testing Day: Deondre’s story

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Tests tend to make a lot of us very nervous. Though we may study and prepare, there always seems to be some sort of anxiety or nervousness that comes with taking them. For me, it‘s the thought of not knowing 100% what the end result will be. The truth is that we don’t always get…

CMS, CDC, & HRSA Launch HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group for State Medicaid Programs

CMS logo cropped June 2016

This week the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the launch of a new joint initiative: the HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group [PDF 91 KB]. The HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group will bring together state public health…

HIV Among Issues Examined During White House’s United State of Women Summit

Women summit - June 23 blog - cropped

Summary: Find out how ONAP, and Federal and community partners, marked the first United State of Women Summit to highlight HIV issues among women and girls. Last week, thousands of people gathered for the United State of Women, a White House summit focused on the needs of women and girls. Employing the theme, “Today, We’ll…

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act leads to better care and improves financial well-being for new enrollees

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

Over 90 percent of new Medicaid enrollees are satisfied with their plans and doctor According to a new report summarizing research to date, 78 percent of new Medicaid enrollees indicated that absent Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they wouldn’t otherwise have the resources necessary to access regular care. Additionally, the overwhelming majority…