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In Appreciation of Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s 27 Years of Federal Service

Dr. Mermin & Dr. Valdiserri

At the end of 2015, we bid farewell to Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who retired from an exemplary career in Federal service. Over many years, Ron played key roles in the Federal responses to HIV and viral hepatitis, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the HHS Office of…

Form 1095-A and your 2015 federal income taxes

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If you (or anyone in your household) had a Marketplace health plan for 2015, keep an eye out for Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement in the mail. It should arrive through the U.S. mail by mid-February, and it’ll also appear online in your Marketplace account. You’ll need it to file your 2015 federal income…

The President’s Budget, Investing in our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: How does President Obama’s final budget request prioritize the needs of people living with and at high risk of HIV? Yesterday, the President released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget in which he shows our continued focus on the biggest challenges facing the Nation, not just for the coming year but for decades to come….

Enhancing the Lives of Americans Living With HIV/AIDS, and Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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Editor’s Note: President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal today. The White House also issued this fact sheet to highlight the budget’s investment in domestic HIV/AIDS activities across federal departments and agencies. Meeting Our Greatest Challenges: The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Under the President’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and…

#mypositivespin – helping address stigma in the Black community

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Last March, we launched the digital storytelling project, Positive Spin to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the HIV care continuum. Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and our ongoing commitment to using new media tools in HIV efforts, Positive…

Califf, FDA top officials call for sweeping review of agency opioids policies

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Editor’s Note: Reducing opioid misuse not only reduces deaths from overdose but is also key to reducing new HIV and viral hepatitis infections among persons who inject drugs. For more on the link between opioid misuse, HIV and viral hepatitis, see this CDC report. In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, today Dr. Robert Califf, the…

Register Today for Webinar on Viral Hepatitis: Opportunities for Faith-based Groups

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The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) have re-scheduled their co-sponsored webinar on the important role of faith communities in the national response to viral hepatitis.  The webinar will introduce a new resource for faith-based groups, the Health Ministers Guide to Viral Hepatitis:…

Driving down HIV disparities among African Americans

Eugene McCray, M.D., Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held every year on February 7, is a time to take stock of the progress we’ve made in addressing the burden of HIV among African Americans. Even though African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States, accounting for almost half of all HIV diagnoses in…