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CDC’s June Public Health Grand Rounds & National Summit Spotlight Hepatitis C

Ronald Valdiserri

On June 17, 2014, CDC’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds will spotlight hepatitis C. The one-hour program, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward,” will be webcast, beginning at 1:00PM (EDT) and will feature presentations by nationally recognized experts. Recent therapeutic advances can halt the progression…

2014 National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day

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Editor’s Note: National Men’s Health Week is important to everyone in the HIV community. We encourage our readers to learn more about this observance. A statement by Deputy Secretary Bill Corr National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father’s Day, is a good time to focus on how men can take control of…

White House Office of National AIDS Policy Announces Two Bay Area Listening Sessions

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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 month. The listening sessions will focus on local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care…

HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

Kathleen Sebelius

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community have access to quality, affordable health care and enjoy the same rights and protections that all Americans expect and deserve. This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we take a…

Uniting to Combat Hepatitis B

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In late May, during National Hepatitis Awareness Month, local coalitions from all over the country came together for the second Hep B United Summit. Hep B United  is a national campaign to raise awareness about hepatitis B and liver cancer; it is composed of 20 state and local coalitions  working together to combat this “silent epidemic.”…

AIDSinfo and infoSIDA Websites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

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Editor’s Note: With today’s post, we highlight two key Federal websites that are now responsively designed. For more information, read our blog post about responsively designed sites, including the AIDS.gov website. AIDSinfo recently updated the AIDSinfo and infoSIDA websites, and they are now automatically optimized for display across all devices—desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Visitors…

Medicare Will Cover Hepatitis C Screening in Primary Care Settings

Michelle Moses-Eisenstein

On June 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its determination that hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening will be covered by Medicare for adults in primary care. Specifically, the determination stated that CMS will cover HCV screening when ordered by a beneficiary’s primary care physician or practitioner within the context of…

Iowa Modernizes HIV Criminalization Law

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On May 30, 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill making substantial revisions to the state’s HIV criminalization law. The new legislation rewrote state law 709c, which was originally passed in 1998 and made it a felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, for persons living with HIV infection (PLWH)…