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2016 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents

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When is it time to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) and what HIV regimens offer the greatest chance of treatment success? For the past 20 years, practitioners caring for individuals with HIV have looked to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents for guidance on these…

HUD Awards $24 Million To Renew Support To 25 Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

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Editor’s Note: This press release was issued by HUD on July 5, 2016. Funding offers stable housing for individuals and families at risk for homelessness WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $24 million in grants to assist more than 1,200 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually….

IHS Announces Funding Opportunity to Promote HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care

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Funding awards will expand activities to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among American Indians and Alaska Natives The Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced a new HIV/AIDS prevention and care funding opportunity available to Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian organizations. The funding is intended to meet American Indian and Alaska Native community…

Ryan White and HIV Testing Day

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June 23, 2016 TARGET Center The proportion of HIV-infected individuals who know their status has improved in recent years, demonstrating progress toward objectives set forth in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV Care Continuum, both of which include the goal of expanded testing to reduce further transmission and link infected individuals to life-saving HIV/AIDS care….

FDA approves Epclusa for treatment of chronic Hepatitis C virus infection

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First regimen to treat all six major HCV genotypes The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epclusa to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) both with and without cirrhosis (advanced liver disease). For patients with moderate to severe cirrhosis (decompensated cirrhosis), Epclusa is approved for use in combination with the drug ribavirin….

CMS Announces New Plan to Strengthen the Marketplace by Covering Young Adults

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As part of its continued commitment to the long-term strength of the Marketplace, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a series of actions to step up Marketplace outreach, especially to young adults, for the 2017 Open Enrollment period [November 1, 2016–January 31, 2017]. According to CMS, highlights include: New outreach to…

SMAIF-Funded HRSA Grant Opportunity Will Expand Use of Community Health Workers to Improve Access to HIV Care

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Community health workers (CHWs) can play a key role in linking people living with HIV to critical medical care and providing ongoing support to help them navigate the health care system and remain adherent to HIV treatment. CHWs are lay members of communities who work either for pay or as volunteers in association with the…

250+ Sites Participate in National PrEP Listening Session with the White House and HHS

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Community representatives from around the country were recently invited to provide input on improving access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and strengthening PrEP delivery systems in the United States. More than 250 sites participated in the national listening session that yielded many thoughtful suggestions from a diverse variety of community stakeholders. PrEP—a daily pill that…