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A Personal Perspective from Dr. Ronald Valdiserri

Ron and Edwin Valdiserri

This World AIDS Day is a time of great hope. We continue to see advances in the response to HIV: treatments have improved, and we now have the Affordable Care Act to help meet the healthcare needs of thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. But in this time of hope, the Federal World AIDS Day…

Access to Information is a Powerful Tool in Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation

Information is powerful medicine poster

World AIDS Day is a tremendous opportunity for people worldwide to unite together in the fight against HIV.  A contribution to that fight here in the U.S. is the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. Launched earlier this year, the campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to improve health outcomes for…

Justice Department Settles with South Carolina Department of Corrections to End Discrimination Against Inmates with HIV

Department of Justice

Editor’s note: Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Justice released this important announcement regarding its ongoing efforts to address HIV-related discrimination. Please read. The Justice Department announced on September 30, 2013 that it had reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and its director, to resolve alleged violations of Title…

Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

The White House

[Released November 21, 2013] Earlier today, I signed into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another.  For decades, these organ transplants have been illegal. It was even illegal to study whether they could…

A Victory for LGBT Health in the Americas

Dr. Nils Daulaire

Early in October, global health leaders in the Americas Region made a major step forward to improve access to and quality of health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. At the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization, delegates from governments throughout the region unanimously passed a resolution entitled Addressing the Causes…

Overview of the HIV Care Continuum

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There has been much discussion recently about the HIV care continuum and the importance of engaging and retaining more people living with HIV along all stages of that continuum. It was the focus of the President’s recent Executive Order establishing the HIV Care Continuum Initiative as the next step in implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy….

ACA News Round-up

Healthcare.gov Improvements

Some recent information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Making Measurable Progress to HealthCare.gov: The HealthCare.gov team continues to work around the clock to improve the HealthCare.gov user experience and is making measurable progress, including improving response time…

OPA Funds New HIV Grants

OPA Facing AIDS

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the award of $8,145,910 to 18 recipients under the announcement Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services Grants. These awards were made possible in part by resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS…

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