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Black Voices Bloggers on National HIV Testing Day and Social Media

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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) and the theme for this year is “Take the Test. Take Control”. In recognition of this observance day, our Black Voices series bloggers answer the question why NHTD is important to them and what is one thing people (or organizations) can do to promote NHTD. Here is…

LGBT Outreach for Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods

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Even though Open Enrollment has ended, certain life events qualify individuals to enroll in a Marketplace health plan outside Open Enrollment (learn more about the life events that qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period in the Health Insurance). As part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of what life events qualify individuals for special…

Increasing Access to HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Webcast

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Please join the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a webcast on Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.(Eastern). The “Increasing Access to HIV Testing and Linkage to Care” webcast will promote National HIV Testing Day, which encourages people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” In this session, panelists will discuss what’s new in HIV…

In case you missed it: White House Office of National AIDS Policy Announces Two Bay Area Listening Sessions

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Editor’s Note: We wrote about these listening sessions earlier this month, but are reposting it in case you missed it As part of a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has announced that it will be hosting two sessions in the Bay area later this…

Black Voices: Can We Leverage Digital Technology to End the HIV Epidemic?

Meico Whitlock

Barack Obama’s campaign success in 2008 and 2012 was fueled, in part, by harnessing the power of digital technology and social networks. His team weaved rich social data culled from websites such as Twitter and Facebook to build profiles of supporters and “persuadables.” He leveraged predictive analytics to predict the behavior of potential voters. He…

Webinar Invitation—Moving Black MSM along the HIV Care Continuum: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Practices

Ronald Valdiserri

On June 25, 2014, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a public webinar to highlight innovative approaches and strategies being implemented by state health departments, clinical providers, researchers, and federal partners in providing HIV care and treatment to black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)….

Pride in our Progress

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Since Pride Month 2013, much has happened that we can be proud of. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the entire nation have made enormous progress regarding the health and welfare of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. These changes include the expansion…

Hepatitis C Virus: 25 Years of Progress

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to watch the informative sessions described in Dr. Mermin’s post below. Twenty-five years ago, on April 21, hepatitis C virus (HCV) was recognized as a distinct virus by the journal Science. Since that time, many advances have been made in the testing and treatment of HCV. Several medications are…