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U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Final Day

Moises Agosoto

The 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) came to a close yesterday with a plenary session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a much discussed topic throughout the four-day conference. Among the observations shared by a diverse panel were: The healthcare law extends important civil rights protections that can be helpful in addressing…

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Opportunity for Use of New Media to Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the use of new media to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations. SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention and New Media program seeks to decrease stigma and discrimination…

HHS Launches Information Is Powerful Medicine Campaign

Information is Powerful Medicine

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proud to announce the launch of the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. The campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to improve health outcomes for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Focusing specifically on Black gay, bisexual,…

PACHA Passes Two Spirit and Transgender Resolutions and Discusses the Stigma Index

Ejay Jack

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index…

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week

Kathleen Sebelius

Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say…

Creating Change 25: LGBT Equality Conference Highlights Strategies for Responding to HIV Epidemic

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The 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change was held last month in Atlanta. Touted as the “largest gathering of organizers and leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement,” the conference included sessions on current HIV incidence and prevalence rates, strategies for responding to the changing HIV epidemic, and held a…

Technology and HIV/AIDS Care

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This year’s 2013 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities  marked the conference’s tenth year bringing information to the HIV/AIDS to the community. While at the conference,  AIDS.gov asked Sammy Nesbit from Texas to comment on how technology can be used to overcome barriers to HIV care.  Please view the following…

Syphilis and HIV: A Dangerous Duo Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men

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Trend data released today in CDC’s 2011 STD Surveillance Report show that primary and secondary syphilis rates are increasing among gay and bisexual men, who now account for more than 70% of all infections. During the 1990s, syphilis primarily occurred among heterosexual men and women of racial and ethnic minority groups. However, the tide shifted…