HIV Policy & Programs

Tools to Help Consumers Understand How to Use Their New Health Care Coverage

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Health insurance can be a bit confusing at first for individuals who are new to health care coverage. However, there are many excellent resources to help consumers understand how to make the most of it. From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help consumers…

PACHA Remembers Former Member Rev. Vanessa Sharp

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The members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) mourn the loss of Rev. Vanessa Sharp, whose four-year term on PACHA concluded last September. Vanessa died on April 7 in Atlanta. At Rev. Sharp’s memorial service recently, PACHA member Bishop Oliver Allen, Presiding Bishop of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches, paid tribute…

Biomarker Tracks Accelerated HIV-Associated Aging

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Infection Adds Five Years on Average to Biological Age By measuring a molecular signature of aging, researchers have found that HIV infection accelerates aging, adding an average of five years to someone’s biological age. The more rapid aging is occurring in people receiving antiretroviral treatment, so that even though treatment enables them to live for…

Twitter Polls: Same Channel, New Engagement

Screen capture of the Twitter poll on April 8th. is always exploring how social media can amplify our engagement . Our unofficial motto is LETS (Learn, Explore, Try, Share) DO THIS! When Twitter Polls were launched in October 2015, we started watching some brands use them. Before we tried a Twitter Poll, we set three goals: First, we wanted to test the viability…

Read All About It: Routine Screening for HIV Infection

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Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service. The January/February 2016 issue offers 16 scholarly articles about “Implementing Routine HIV Screening in Clinical Settings.” This reading list presents data from HIV testing in diverse health care settings, such as community health centers, emergency departments, family planning clinics, and other…

Syringe Services Programs: Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC – Webinar.

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People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk for Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection through the sharing of needles and drug-preparation equipment. The risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections can be substantially reduced by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection….

Online Learning Opportunities: Webinars Highlight ACA and Those at Risk for and Living with HIV

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought access to quality, affordable health care for millions of Americans. Now is a great time to learn more about how the law affects those at risk for and living with HIV, and how to engage and enroll individuals in the health care coverage they need—or use the new…

Meet the 5 Men that are putting a “Positive Spin” on HIV


Thanks to advances in HIV treatment, people living with HIV who are diagnosed early, linked to care, prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and stay adherent to their medication are able to live healthy lives and reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. Positive Spin is nominated for a Webby Award . We created this listicle to celebrate…