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HHS announces auto-enrollment plans for current Marketplace consumers for 2015

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to announce its plans for helping existing Marketplace consumers get auto-enrolled for next year. These plans would give existing consumers a simple way to remain in the same plan next year unless they want to shop for another plan and choose to make changes. “As…

CDC Encourages African-American Women to #TakeChargeAndTest for #NHTD

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In honor of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an expanded suite of materials for Take Charge. Take the Test ™. This national HIV testing campaign is for African-American women between the ages of 18-34 to encourage them to get tested for HIV and reduce their risk…

National HIV Testing Day, June 27, 2014

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Transmission of HIV continues at an unacceptably high rate, and drug use plays an important role—both through exposure to infected body fluids among injection drug users and through the lowered inhibition and risky sexual behaviors that all forms of drug use facilitate. Almost 1.1 million Americans are currently living with the HIV virus, and nearly…

Observing National HIV Testing Day

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A statement by Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH Today, as we recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), it is important to note that nearly 1 in 6 Americans who have HIV do not know they are infected. If you are between the ages of 13-64, or are pregnant, the Centers for…

Partnership: National HIV Testing Day Part II

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Yesterday’s AIDS.gov blog spoke to the important role of partnerships with an example of two private sector organizations collaborating nation-wide to offer HIV testing. Today, we provide examples of collaboration from the CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaign. The Act Against AIDS partner Lifebeat  is hosting a Know Your Status Stage (KYSS) concert on National HIV Testing Day…

National HIV Testing Day 2014: HIV Testing Saves Lives

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Tomorrow is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day on which we join with partners from all walks of life to promote HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States, and remind every American that HIV testing saves lives. Today, a person who is promptly diagnosed with HIV, started on therapy and…

Partnership: National HIV Testing Day – Part I

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Partnerships are essential to supporting the key messages of each of the national health observances, including National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) which is observed annually on June 27. An example of a NHTD-related partnership is the Greater Than AIDS and Walgreen’s collaboration  with nearly 200 state and local health departments and AIDS service organizations (ASOs)…

NIH Seeks Applications for HIV and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection Research Funding

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support multidisciplinary studies of HIV and viral hepatitis co-infection. The opportunities were issued under NIH’s R01 or Research Project Grant program and R21 or Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant program. NIH notes that the FOAs were informed by priority areas in the Action…