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PrEP: From Agreement to Action

Dr. Jonathan Mermin at NHPC 2015

“The science has spoken… There can now be no excuse for inaction.” At last week’s National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, many participants were in agreement with this call to action from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.  The evidence is clear that antiretroviral medicine…

Extended opportunity for Jan 1 coverage: Sign up by December 17

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Because of unprecedented demand at HealthCare.gov and our Marketplace Call Center, we’re extending the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 p.m. PST on December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last few days, and approximately 1 million of you have left contact information to hold your place…

Transitions at OHAIDP

Ronald Valdiserri

As I prepare to leave the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and federal service at the end of December, I am pleased to inform you that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has announced that Richard Wolitski, PhD, has been appointed OHAIDP’s Acting Director effective January 11, 2016. With over 25 years…

LGBT People Need to Take Advantage of Obamacare

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When 25-year-old Carl Anderson was diagnosed with HIV, he learned just how important health care coverage can be. Soon after his diagnosis, Carl became uninsured, and he realized he’d have to face the staggering costs of his treatment on his own. Like Carl, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are disproportionately uninsured or underinsured….

The Marketplace is Open: Continuing Our Progress for the LGBT community

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Summary: This Administration has made historic progress for the LGBT community, and by ensuring a successful open enrollment together, we can do even more. I am proud to serve in the Obama Administration because of the work the President, the Secretary, and this Administration have done, and will continue to do, to create a more…

2015 National HIV Prevention Conference – Closing Reflections

Ronald Valdiserri

As the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference came to a close earlier this week in Atlanta, we heard from the CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden. He highlighted some of the ideas he and colleagues shared in a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary, “Applying Public Health Principles to the HIV Epidemic — How Are…

Input Sought from Viral Hepatitis Community Stakeholders on Activities in 2014-2015

Ronald Valdiserri

In the years since 2011, when the Department of Health and Human Services released the first national Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, much of the Federal work to move towards the goals identified in the plan has been described in reports like the recently released 2014 Federal Implementation Progress Report as well as in posts shared…

National HIV Prevention Conference: Day 4 Recap

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The final plenary of NHPC 2015 focused on the issues of sexual health for youth, the need to deliver effective HIV prevention messages, and the role social media can play in public health outreach. The session also featured closing remarks by CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and retiring HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr….