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Why You Should Care About Mental Health

RADM Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting U.S. Surgeon General

Most people don’t realize how common mental health and substance abuse problems are in the United States. Just as there are many types of physical illness, mental illness is varied and can affect people at all stages of life. In fact, at some time in their lives, nearly all Americans will be affected by a…

Improving the Fight Against Intersecting Epidemics: An Update on Federal Efforts to Address HIV/AIDS and Intimate Partner Violence Among Women and Girls

The White House

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and an important time to draw attention to the alarming prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women and girls. This is particularly true for women living with HIV, over half of whom have experienced IPV in their lifetime. An HIV diagnosis can trigger or exacerbate violence, while trauma…

Black Voices: Managing my HIV = Managing my health

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In recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) hosted its first day-long meeting on HIV among gay and bisexual men on September 26. The theme of the meeting was “Focus. Action. Impact,” and it brought together researchers, advocates, and included a delegation of black LGBT…

Housing Grants for HIV+ Women Experiencing Domestic Violence

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Women living with HIV/AIDS face multiple challenges—including increased risk for intimate partner violence (IPV) and housing instability. We know that the combination of HIV, violence, and insecure housing can have dramatic repercussions on women’s health. Studies indicate that over half (55%) of U.S. women living with HIV have experienced IPV. Women who experience violence are…

Too Few Latinos Living with HIV are Getting Adequate Treatment

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As National Latino AIDS Awareness Day approaches on October 15, I invite all of you to help change the course of HIV in Hispanic/Latino communities. Hispanics/Latinos represent one-sixth of the U.S. population, but account for over one-fifth of the nation’s new HIV infections. A number of challenges increase the burden of disease in these communities,…

Have a 2014 Health Plan? Get Ready to Keep or Change it for 2015

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If you bought a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace in 2014, you can renew your current plan or enroll in a different plan for 2015. You can do this between November 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015. If you live in Idaho, Nevada, or Oregon, your process for 2015 enrollment has changed from…

USCA 2014: Viral Hepatitis in the Spotlight for the First Time

Corinna Dan

Viral hepatitis has long been a concern of organizations working in the HIV/AIDS field because of high rates of co-infection. It is estimated that 10% of people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis B and 25% are co-infected with hepatitis C, though certain groups, like people who inject drugs, have even higher rates of…

USCA 2014: Federal HIV Programs in Spotlight

Douglas Brooks at USCA 2014

Federal HIV programs were in the spotlight at the 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS as Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, led a plenary session featuring representatives of a diverse array of HIV activities from across the federal government. ONAP Priorities Mr. Brooks opened the session with video greetings…