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Call for Abstracts: 2015 National Summit on HCV and HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care

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The 2015 National Summit on HCV and HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care is seeking abstract submissions. Scheduled for June 4-6, 2015 in Arlington, Virgini a, the mission of the Summit is to support improvement in HCV and HIV testing, prevention, and linkage to care in the United States. Participants from the nation’s public…

HRSA Funding Opportunity: Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum

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Two new Funding Opportunity Announcements from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will support projects using social media to support engagement and retention in HIV care. Issued through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Special Projects of National Significance, the FOAs seek applications for demonstration sites as well as an evaluation and technical assistance center…

A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE FROM DR. TIMOTHY HARRISON ( Video)

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Editor’s Note: As we commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we reflect on some of the personal perspectives of those working to combat the epidemic. Today, we want to share with you Dr. Timothy Harrison’s personal story and his commitment to working to reduce the disparities across the HIV care continuum.  Many of our colleagues…

Celebrating Black Voices’ One Year Anniversary for NBHAAD

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As we commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, we are proud to mark the one-year anniversary of the AIDS.gov Black Voices blog. This blog series is part of a continuing effort to shed light on important social media and HIV-related topics for the community, by the community. In addition to reflecting on…

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

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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…