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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…

Enhanced HIV/AIDS Information on Benefits.gov

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As part of our continuing efforts to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) call for a more coordinated response to the epidemic in the United States, Federal agencies recently completed a review and update to the HIV/AIDS information available on Benefits.gov. The mission of Benefits.gov is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with…

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….

HHS Seeks Nominations to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be considered for appointment as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The PACHA is a Federal advisory committee that provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs…

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,…

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Persons with Hepatitis B

Department of Justice

The Justice Department announced [on March 5, 2013] that it has reached a settlement with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School (UMDNJ) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The settlement resolves complaints that the UMDNJ School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine unlawfully excluded applicants because…

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…

Progress to Date: President’s Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities

White House

Violence is common in the lives of women and girls living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS, and the Obama Administration is working to address these intersecting issues. In March 2012, the President  issued a Presidential Memorandum creating the “Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender-Related Health Disparities Working Group”. Sunday marks Women and…