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“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

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When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…

Approaches to Eliminating Perinatal HBV Transmission – Report from an HHS Technical Consultation

Ronald Valdiserri

One of the four overarching goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) is the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. To advance our efforts toward that goal, in September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a one-day technical consultation, bringing together over…

Giving and Getting the Gift of Health Care

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Summary: This holiday season, Douglas Brooks shares his gratitude for quality health care, living with HIV over the last 25 years. I was diagnosed with HIV 25 years ago. At the time, there was little hope. When I mentioned to my doctor that I was afraid, he, also a gay man, replied: “We all are.” …

CDC Syringe Services Programs Statement

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Congress has given states and local communities, under limited circumstances, the opportunity to use federal funds to support certain components of syringe services programs. These programs provide sterile injection equipment and may also link individuals to services including HIV and hepatitis C testing and care for those infected, substance abuse treatment, and overdose prevention. Outbreaks…

PrEP: From Agreement to Action

Dr. Jonathan Mermin at NHPC 2015

“The science has spoken… There can now be no excuse for inaction.” At last week’s National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, many participants were in agreement with this call to action from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.  The evidence is clear that antiretroviral medicine…

Extended opportunity for Jan 1 coverage: Sign up by December 17

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Because of unprecedented demand at HealthCare.gov and our Marketplace Call Center, we’re extending the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 p.m. PST on December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last few days, and approximately 1 million of you have left contact information to hold your place…

Transitions at OHAIDP

Ronald Valdiserri

As I prepare to leave the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and federal service at the end of December, I am pleased to inform you that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has announced that Richard Wolitski, PhD, has been appointed OHAIDP’s Acting Director effective January 11, 2016. With over 25 years…

LGBT People Need to Take Advantage of Obamacare

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When 25-year-old Carl Anderson was diagnosed with HIV, he learned just how important health care coverage can be. Soon after his diagnosis, Carl became uninsured, and he realized he’d have to face the staggering costs of his treatment on his own. Like Carl, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are disproportionately uninsured or underinsured….