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Stigma can kill: Making a difference for tomorrow

Stigma killed my partner John. He died in 1994, less than a year before he could have gotten effective antiretroviral therapy that might have stopped HIV from taking his life. There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today. John was really angry when…

Tremendous Progress Made in HIV, but Serious Disparities Remain

Summary: Data released at this year’s CROI meeting demonstrates need for continued focus and action. This week, I’m in Boston for the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). It’s one of the premier scientific meetings where we hear the latest research in HIV prevention and treatment. Last year, for example, researchers presented undeniable…

Half of black gay men and a quarter of Latino gay men projected to be diagnosed within their lifetime

If current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a new analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, presented…

LGBT People Need to Take Advantage of Obamacare

When 25-year-old Carl Anderson was diagnosed with HIV, he learned just how important health care coverage can be. Soon after his diagnosis, Carl became uninsured, and he realized he’d have to face the staggering costs of his treatment on his own. Like Carl, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are disproportionately uninsured or underinsured….

The Marketplace is Open: Continuing Our Progress for the LGBT community

Summary: This Administration has made historic progress for the LGBT community, and by ensuring a successful open enrollment together, we can do even more. I am proud to serve in the Obama Administration because of the work the President, the Secretary, and this Administration have done, and will continue to do, to create a more…

National LGBT2S Tribal Day of Action

Today is a special day. Today is the first National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two Spirit (LGBT2S) Tribal Day of Action on the Affordable Care Act. On this day, as we encourage outreach and education across Indian country, we also remind ourselves and those we serve that everyone deserves to benefit from the new…

Digital Tools: Supporting the White House’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy ~ Example from the Corporate Sector

As has been observed often, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020, is a national plan, not just a federal one. Active participation from stakeholders across all sectors of society is needed to put the Strategy into action and end the HIV epidemic. Illustrating how members of the corporate sector are contributing to implementing the…

LGBT Americans: Time to Enroll in Health Coverage!

The 2016 open enrollment season has begun. Through January 31, 2016, you can apply for a 2016 health plan, renew your current plan, or pick a new plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This is important news for all Americans, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). On average, LGBT Americans…