HIV Policy & Programs

#mypositivespin – helping address stigma in the Black community

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Last March, we launched the digital storytelling project, Positive Spin to continue to raise awareness and understanding of the HIV care continuum. Given the disproportionate impact of HIV on young Black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and our ongoing commitment to using new media tools in HIV efforts, Positive…

Califf, FDA top officials call for sweeping review of agency opioids policies


Editor’s Note: Reducing opioid misuse not only reduces deaths from overdose but is also key to reducing new HIV and viral hepatitis infections among persons who inject drugs. For more on the link between opioid misuse, HIV and viral hepatitis, see this CDC report. In response to the opioid abuse epidemic, today Dr. Robert Califf, the…

Register Today for Webinar on Viral Hepatitis: Opportunities for Faith-based Groups


The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) have re-scheduled their co-sponsored webinar on the important role of faith communities in the national response to viral hepatitis.  The webinar will introduce a new resource for faith-based groups, the Health Ministers Guide to Viral Hepatitis:…

Driving down HIV disparities among African Americans

Eugene McCray, M.D., Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held every year on February 7, is a time to take stock of the progress we’ve made in addressing the burden of HIV among African Americans. Even though African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States, accounting for almost half of all HIV diagnoses in…

Open Enrollment for 2016 health insurance is over – but you may still have options


The last day to apply for and enroll in a Marketplace health insurance plan for 2016 was January 31, 2016. IMPORTANT If you enrolled in a Marketplace health plan for 2016 before the deadline, be sure to pay your first premium to your insurance company, not to the Marketplace, to complete your enrollment. You may…

ICYMI – White House’s Brooks Discusses 2016 Priorities for Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy


In case you missed it, in a recent blog post and series of brief video conversations , Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), shared his thoughts about priorities for advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2016. In his video conversations with OMB’s Jamal Brown, Mr. Brooks…

Get Your Game On! National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Twitterchat February 4 at 3:00 pm EST


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a time-honored day to raise awareness of HIV in the African American community and to promote getting involved, getting tested for HIV, and, for those who are living with HIV, getting into care to stay healthy and prevent transmission. More Resources: CDC’s NBHAAD feature page’s NBHAAD page…

Justice Department Settles with Alabama Moving Company Over Hepatitis-C Discrimination

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The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Kemper Moving Systems Inc., a Huntsville, Alabama, franchise of Two Men and a Truck, to resolve allegations that the moving company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused service because of a customer’s Hepatitis-C. Under the terms of a two-year consent decree filed today…