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HIV and Viral Hepatitis Summit Fosters National Dialogue Across Sectors

Ronald Valdiserri

Last week in Washington, DC, researchers, clinical and public health providers, advocates, federal leaders and representatives of health departments, professional societies, academia, and the pharmaceutical sector gathered for important discussions at the 2012 National Summit on HIV and Viral Hepatitis Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care . Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius…

National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) – Monday (October 15)

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Mayra E. Alvarez

Between September 15 and October 15, we remember and honor the great contributions and legacy of Latino Americans to this country. Their contributions are part of the fabric that makes up the rich diversity of this nation. But being a Latino in the United States also brings challenges in health and health care, including the…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – More Highlights from Day 2

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At the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS on Monday, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), offered a plenary speech on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Describing the NHAS as a road map for all public and private stakeholders, he highlighted a number of its key…

U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 1

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Magic Johnson and Wendy Williams

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS among Women “Not without women will we turn the tide on HIV/AIDS,” declared…

Helping Understand and Treat HIV Through Community-Based Leadership

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The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have helped bring about much of the tremendous progress in understanding and treating HIV, ranging from increasing HIV awareness, to fighting HIV-related discrimination, to volunteering for cutting-edge research. This legacy of community-based leadership is one to note on this 5th Annual National Gay Men’s HIV/Awareness Day. In 2010,…

Health care law gives women control over their care, offers free preventive services to 47 million women

Womens Preventive Services

Forty-seven million women are getting greater control over their health care and access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket beginning Aug. 1, 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. Previously some insurance companies did not cover these preventive services for women at…

A Day to Act on HIV and Viral Hepatitis in the Asian and Pacific Islander Community

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Dr. Koh

Tomorrow (May 19) our Nation marks the eighth annual National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the first–ever National Hepatitis Testing Day. Both observances represent “calls to action” for the country and hold special meaning for me. As an Asian American physician, I have cared for many individuals living with HIV and/or hepatitis….

The Affordable Care Act and People Living with HIV/AIDS

How does the Affordable Care Act Help People Living with HIV/AIDS?

One of the questions I get frequently is “how is the Affordable Care Act (the health care law of 2010) helping people living with HIV/AIDS?” The short answer is: in many ways. The detailed answer is more complex, but also much more exciting. To provide a more comprehensive answer to this important inquiry, we recently…