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Measuring World AIDS Day 2013

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World AIDS Day was another huge success for AIDS.gov in 2013. It was the busiest day in the website’s history in terms of raw audience numbers. One major goal for AIDS.gov, especially on World AIDS Day, is to increase access to HIV testing and care services. Our main avenue for this information is the HIV Testing…

Six out of Ten Uninsured African Americans May Be Eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Tax Credits in the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Editor’s Note: People living with HIV need quality, affordable health coverage to help them stay healthy and live longer. Yet, nearly 30% of people living with HIV currently have no health insurance. Many of these individuals are African Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. As this new HHS report notes: 95% of uninsured African…

Forward Toward an AIDS-Free Generation

Kathleen Sebelius

I believe–and President Obama believes–that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach. On December 2, I joined President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House to mark the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day. We were joined by a remarkable group of people–including scientists, activists, elected officials, and philanthropists from across…

The Black Treatment Advocates Network with Phill Wilson

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The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN)  is a project of the Black AIDS Institute . The BTAN is an initiative is working to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through educating individuals about the science of HIV, the biomedical advances in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, and the role those interventions play in prevention….

Transitions: In Appreciation of Christopher Bates’ Service to HHS

Christopher Bates

At the end of this week, my colleague Mr. Christopher Bates will retire, bringing to a close a distinguished career in federal service to the HIV/AIDS community. Christopher has served this office and its predecessor for nearly 15 years. He began work at the office then known as the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP) in…

Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health insurance coverage

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$58 million to provide expanded enrollment assistance Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $58 million in grants to 1,157 health centers across the nation currently working to enroll uninsured Americans in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers can expand their…

AIDSinfo Releases New, Redesigned HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets

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AIDSinfo has released new, redesigned fact sheets on a variety of HIV/AIDS topics. Our fact sheets are written in easy-to-read language and are meant to complement the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. They are an excellent patient education resource for people with HIV, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to learn more…

FDA approves Sovaldi for chronic hepatitis C

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Drug is third with breakthrough therapy designation to receive FDA approval The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Sovaldi is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon. “Today’s…