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Medicare Steps Up Enforcement of Equal Visitation and Representation Rights for Same Sex Partners in Hospitals

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Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital patients’ right to choose their own visitors during a hospital stay, including a visitor who is a same-sex domestic partner. These rules, finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November, apply…

New CDC Resources on HIV Among Women and Transgender People

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted new resources on two important HIV prevention topics: Updated Fact Sheet: HIV among Women – According to 2009 HIV surveillance data, women represented 24% of all diagnoses of HIV infection among U.S. adults and adolescents in 40 states with long-established, confidential name-based reporting. In 2008,…

As HIV Turns 30, Attention Turns to an Aging Epidemic

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The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or other Federal agencies. Just two months before the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV in the United States, the Leadership Council…

Champions of Change: HIV/AIDS – 30 Years of Activism on the Frontlines

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Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century. This month marks the 30th year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first…

FDA Approves Second New Treatment for Hepatitis C

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On May 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of telaprevir for the treatment of chronic viral hepatitis C. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic viral hepatitis C affects 3.2 million Americans. Left untreated, chronic viral hepatitis C can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and unwitting…

Resource to Help in Addressing HIV Among Latino Gay Men

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A new report [pdf] from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) provides insights on the HIV/AIDS crisis among Latino gay men in the United States. Designed to assist and inform effective Federal, state and local public health responses to HIV and STDs among this population, the report summarizes the findings of…

View HHS Release of the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

In a blog post on May 12, we reported on the HHS’s release of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) (PDF 672KB) at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  If you missed the event, we encourage you to watch a live webcast of the release of…

International Day Against Homophobia

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May 17 marks the 8th International Day Against Homophobia .  As a gay man, this day allows me to reflect on the effect of homophobia and the way it intersects with HIV/AIDS. I want to remember that the impact of homophobia can lead to HIV risk-taking behaviors. Homophobia may keep people from getting information about HIV, and…