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Justice Department Issues Letter Regarding Illegal Exclusion of Individuals with HIV/AIDS from Occupational Training and State Licensing

Allison Nichol

The Justice Department has issued letters to the attorneys general of all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories to request their assistance in addressing the illegal exclusion of individuals with HIV/AIDS from occupational training and state licensing. Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which…

April is STD Awareness Month. Did you GYT?

Get yourself talking with your patients. GYT

April is STD Awareness Month.  Every year there are over 19 million new cases of STDs in the United States (CDC). Half of these new STD infections occur among young people ages 15 to 24 even though this age group makes up only 25% of the sexually active population. There are many negative outcomes of…

Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

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Encouraging the Development of Statewide HIV/AIDS Plans

On Tuesday, April 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a consultation to explore the principles and practices that should be considered as we move forward in our efforts to encourage the development of state HIV/AIDS plans as recommended in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The Strategy’s Federal Implementation Plan directs HHS…

Federal Leads Continue Collaborative Efforts

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Federal Leads NHAS Meeting

On Monday, April 4, 2011, representatives from the six Federal agencies designated by the President as lead agencies with responsibility for implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) met to continue our collaborative efforts to implement the Strategy. The primary focus of the meeting was the continued exploration of the impact of homelessness and housing insecurity…

Updating the HOPWA Funding Formula

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David Vos

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is committed to working with our Federal and community partners to ensure the success of the national response to HIV/AIDS articulated in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). In my prior post, I described some of the activities we are undertaking and how community members can engage with…

The Role of Communities in Implementing the Strategy: Perspectives from Florida

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Ronald Valdiserri

In early April, I was privileged to be able to talk to a group of nearly 300 health care providers, lawyers, public health and community leaders about the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The event was the 19th annual “Florida Bioethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions” conference, a day-long meeting hosted by the University of…

Approaching 30 Years of HIV/AIDS in the United States

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Ronald Valdiserri

In less than two months, we will mark the 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of what we now know as AIDS. In June 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a rare form of pneumonia diagnosed in five, previously healthy, gay men from Los Angeles. The report raised concerns that…

New Action Plan to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities

HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethinic Health Disparities cover. Has a collage of people across the front and a watermark of the HHS logo

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (PDF 2MB). This document will serve as a road map for eliminating health and health care disparities for racial, ethnic and other underserved communities. Addressing health disparities is a priority for the HIV…