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Take Action: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day for action! What are you going to do? Top 10 Ways You Can Take Action Against HIV/AIDS Get tested. Many women and girls who are HIV-positive don’t know they have the disease. The only way to know your status is to get tested. Find an HIV testing…

Conversations from CROI 2014: Dr. Deborah Persaud Discusses Cases of Two HIV Positive Infants in Remission after Very Early Treatment

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Among the stories making headlines from the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston this week was the next chapter in the story of the Mississippi baby whose case Dr. Deborah Persaud shared at last year’s conference. This year, she and her colleagues shared an update on the status of that child…

CMS Invites Comments on Proposed Decision Regarding Coverage of Hepatitis C Screening

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This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed decision memo for the National Coverage Analysis (NCA) on Medicare coverage for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in adults. They find that “the evidence is adequate to conclude that screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), consistent with the grade B recommendations by…

NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Shares Final Highlights from CROI 2014

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As the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  drew to a close in Boston, Dr. Ron Valdiserri asked National Institutes of Health’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach to share some final thoughts on highlights of the scientific advances presented there and how they will support efforts to improve outcomes along the HIV continuum of care. In…

Scientific Advances on the HIV Care Continuum Presented at CROI

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Among the scientific advances highlighted at the 21st Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston, Massachusetts this week were a number of new studies addressing the provision of essential care to persons living with HIV infection, including diagnosis, linkage and retention in care, initiation of antiretroviral treatment (ART), and achievement of durable viral…

Black Voices: I Choose to Speak Out

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Like many black MSM who test positive for HIV, my diagnosis was confirmed in a clinic full of strangers. My blood was drawn by an individual who suspiciously said very little to me during the screening process and the test was taken in a room so dingy and tight I suspected HIV was propagated by…

PrEP Topics Examined at CROI 2014

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Among the many issues being discussed by the scientists, providers, and advocates gathered at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston this week is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. In a number of clinical trials, daily oral PrEP has been proven to be an effective biomedical intervention for reducing the risk…

Conversations from CROI 2014: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

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While at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Given that the HIV care continuum has been a topic of significant interest here at the conference, Dr. Mermin…