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PrEP: Will We Succeed or Fail?

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Last week I was invited to participate in a Congressional briefing on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that was sponsored by the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. The briefing brought together speakers with policy, clinical, and community experience in working to improve awareness of, access to, and use of PrEP. I very…

New Issue Brief from Kaiser Family Foundation Examines Impact of ACA on People Living with HIV

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief, The ACA and People Living with HIV: An Update [PDF 603 KB]. The brief takes a second look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people with HIV in five states—California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Texas. Observations are drawn from interviews…

FDA Launches Campaign that Affirms LGBT Young Adults’ Freedom to Be, Tobacco Free

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Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of “This Free Life,” the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new anti-smoking campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults. This is FDA’s first-ever national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults (ages 18-24) who are occasional…

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join the Twitter Chat!

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are taking to Twitter to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities. Millions of Americans in every community are living with viral hepatitis. While anyone can be exposed, being informed about which communities are disproportionately impacted can help focus…

Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

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New CDC studies underscore urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers  Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, according to preliminary surveillance data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A second CDC study, published online today in Clinical Infectious Diseases, shows…

FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Developing New Hep C Treatments

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FDA has revised a draft guidance, titled Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Developing Direct-Acting Antiviral Drugs for Treatment. [PDF 665 KB] The purpose of the guidance is to assist sponsors in the clinical development of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) from the pre-investigational new drug application (pre-IND) through…

HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients

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Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically…

A (former) White House Intern’s Personal Reflection on AIDS

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When our (former) ONAP intern, Daniel, told me what prompted his interest in HIV/AIDS work, I was quite moved and wanted you all to hear his story, too. This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of us many years ago: a personal connection, inspiration derived from witnessing extraordinary bravery, and a…