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NEW VIDEO! National HIV Testing Day Message from Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

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National HIV Testing Day is June 27, 2015. Please watch and share this new message on HIV testing from Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases. The theme for National HIV Testing Day 2015 is: “Take the Test. Take Control.” We encourage you to view the additional federal resources for National…

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. Jono Mermin at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

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Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about the HIV and HCV outbreak in Indiana. This outbreak appears to reverse a multi-year trend in declining HIV infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) and also sheds…

Get Tested with Walgreens & Greater Than AIDS!

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In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day (June 27th), Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are teaming up with health departments and local AIDS service organizations to provide FREE HIV testing at select Walgreens stores in more than 150 cities across the nation: JUNE 25 – Thursday – 3pm to 7pm JUNE 26 – Friday…

New Issue Brief on ACA and People Living with HIV from Kaiser Family Foundation

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief, The ACA and People Living with HIV: Profiles from the Field. Featuring in-depth profiles of 12 people living with HIV, the document highlights how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions impacted their access to coverage and care. According to the Issue Brief’s authors, while some…

Conversation with CDC’s Dr. John Ward at the 2015 Summit on HCV & HIV

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with my colleague Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis, during the 2015 National Summit on HCV and HIV Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care  in Arlington, Virginia. We discussed steps CDC has taken recently to improve rates of testing and diagnosis for chronic…

New Tool Available to Fight Insurance Discrimination Against Persons Living with HIV Infection

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Discrimination against persons living with HIV (PLWH) can take many forms in health care. Issues that have been raised include health insurers’ charging higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and their use of structured prescription drug benefits that limit access to HIV medical care and antiretroviral medications. Recently, the Harvard University Law School’s Center…

Amplify Your Message with Video for National HIV Testing Day

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As we approach National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, we find ourselves once again thinking about ways to raise awareness about HIV testing, and to share resources that help link individuals living with HIV to medical care.  We’d like to share some thoughts on how using video can be one valuable tool for amplifying…

Curing Hard-to-Treat Hepatitis C

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In a new video, NIH researchers and their colleagues from health centers in the District of Columbia discuss efforts to improve treatments for hepatitis C, a potentially life-threatening viral disease that slowly damages the liver. NIH-sponsored clinical studies in the nation’s capital focus on identifying effective, safe, and convenient therapies for hard-to-treat hepatitis C patients,…