HIV Policy & Programs

Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day


Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on Friday, May 15 by Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to commemorate today’s observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. May 15, 2015 With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort…

Help Raise Awareness on Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19th

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

Next Tuesday, May 19, is the fourth annual national Hepatitis Testing Day. The observance was established in 2011 with the initial release of the national Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan). Its goal is to help raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and to encourage more…

About 137 million individuals with private insurance are guaranteed access to free preventive services


Nationwide, about 137 million individuals, including 55 million women and 28 million children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended…

New ACA Guidance Addresses Preventive Services Coverage Requirements for Transgender Individuals


The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new guidance on May 11th, clarifying consumers’ rights to coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, including the rights of transgender individuals who have historically experienced inequities in access to health care services. The ACA requires that a set of…

ONAP Concludes Series of Community Forums on Updating National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Over the past month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted a series of listening sessions in four cities across the country—Los Angeles, Nashville, Detroit, and Boston—to gather community perspectives that will inform its update of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). At each session, Mr. Douglas M. Brooks, MSW, Director of ONAP,…

HOPE Act to facilitate organ recovery from HIV-positive donors

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In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will amend the OPTN Final Rule (42 CFR Part 121) to allow the recovery of transplantable organs from HIV-positive donors. This is a milestone in support of the federal HIV Organ Policy Equity…

New! NIH Clinical Trials Media Player Now Available

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Clinical Trials Clinical trials play an immensely important role in finding medical advancements and developing treatments for many diseases and conditions, including HIV. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving quality…

Eliminating Hepatitis B in the United States—Mothers Matter!

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Every year, 25,000 women with chronic hepatitis B infection give birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They are a subset of the estimated 700,000 to 1.4 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B virus in the U.S., but merit our special attention because of the risk of perinatal hepatitis B…