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CDC Expands Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign™, Launches Spanish Version

Dentengamos Juntos el VIH

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the national HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together™, including the launch of a Spanish-language version of the campaign, Detengamos Juntos el VIH™. The campaign now includes new participants, more materials in both Spanish and English, and HIV awareness and testing information…

New NIH Award Aims to Reduce Asian American Hepatitis B Disparities through Health Information Technology

Ronald Valdiserri

A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is…

HIV/AIDS in the Two-Spirit Community: A Hidden Crisis

Harlan Pruden

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. What…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and New Media

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Wednesday, March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). While American Indians and Alaska Natives make up 1.7% (5.2 million people) of the total US population and accounted for <1% of new HIV infections in the U.S., but have one of the shortest survival times after HIV or AIDS diagnosis of all race/ethnicity groups….

Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption

Pew Latino Digital Divide

According to Pew Research Hispanic Center’s new report, Closing the Digital Divide: Latinos and Technology Adoption, the “digital divide” between Latinos and other ethnic groups is closing. The Pew report examines 2012 social media, digital technology, and mobile technology use among Latinos, whites, and blacks. The report also identifies these trends by income, education, age,…

One in Four Is Too Many

Evelyn Kappeler

One in four new HIV infections in the United States occurs among young people ages 13-24. One in four! I don’t know about you, but this recently reported CDC finding gave me pause. That same report illuminated some other startling facts: About 1,000 youth per month were infected with HIV in 2010 Most new HIV…

HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

Ronald Valdiserri

The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

Addressing Hepatitis C Disparities in the African American Community

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As we celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American community. African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population, according to the CDC. While African Americans represent only…