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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…

Black Voices: Tips for Reaching the Black MSM Community Online

Anthony Roberts, Jr.

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project , 73% of African American internet users report using a social networking site of some kind . If you are trying to reach the Black MSM community online, these tools can be key to your HIV prevention and awareness efforts. There are a vast number of social…

2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Released Today

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Results from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) were released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This survey is conducted every two years among a nationally representative sample of high school students. More than 13,000 U.S. high school students participated in the most recent national survey. Participation was voluntary and…