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White House National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event Highlights Two New Initiatives

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Two new initiatives focused on addressing the disproportionate impact of HIV among African Americans were among the issues highlighted during a roundtable discussion held this week by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).  ONAP Director Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, convened the February 4 gathering of federal colleagues and community leaders to mark…

Fight HIV/AIDS: Get Covered, Get Tested, and Get Treated If Needed

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More than 1.2 million people are living with HIV or AIDS in the United States – and almost 1 in 7 of them don’t know their status. African Americans continue to shoulder the heaviest burden of the disease, representing 2 in 5 of those living with HIV/AIDS nationwide. Consistent with the national average, 1 in…

Ryan White and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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A significant proportion of African Americans living with HIV/AIDS receive care under HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2012, 46.7% of Ryan White clients were African American, according to HRSA’s State Profiles. More importantly, the care that Ryan White provides makes a difference. Ryan White clients have higher rates of retention in care, and better viral…

Progress on HIV among African Americans, Still a Long Way to Go

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

February 7 marks the 15th year of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day observance. This day is a call to action for communities across the country to come together to reduce the burden of HIV and AIDS in Black America. We begin 2015 with hopeful signs that we, as a nation, are beginning to make…

TBT: Magic Johnson Reminds Americans to #GetCovered

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It’s Throwback Thursday (TBT)! And with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day approaching on February 7, we are reminded of this excellent 2014 video from Magic Johnson about the importance of enrolling in healthcare coverage. As Magic Johnson emphasizes, most people will need medical care at some point in their lives. And, without health insurance, some…

AIDS.gov Resources for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

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Saturday February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) – an annual observance to recognize and take action against the disproportionate impact of HIV on African Americans. This year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”.  Leading up to the observance, here are easy-to-use resources to help you get involved…

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

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Like so many Americans, I have seen the tragedy first hand, of friends lost to HIV/ AIDS. I’ve also seen the hope of those living with HIV as we continue to work toward an AIDS free generation. Each February 7th, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for all of us…

Medicare Proposes Coverage for Annual HIV Test, Invites Public Comment

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  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed expanding coverage for HIV screening for Medicare beneficiaries. In a Proposed Decision Memo dated January 29, 2015, the agency states “CMS proposes that the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for HIV infection for all individuals between the ages of 15 and 65…