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Study finds first evidence that PrEP can reduce HIV risk among people who inject drugs

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Daily HIV medications now proven to prevent HIV among all groups at high risk A daily dose of a medication used to treat HIV infection reduced the risk of HIV acquisition among people who inject drugs by 49 percent. Those who took the medication most consistently had even higher levels of protection, according to a…

Increasing Flexibility for Ryan White Grantees Making 75/25 Core Medical Services Waiver Requests

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Last week, HRSA published a Final Notice in the Federal Register, and invited comments, amending the uniform standards for requesting a core medical services waiver for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and beyond. This revision provides Ryan White grantees more flexibility in the timeframe for applying for waivers. The change in the standards will allow grantees…

New Pew Report: Smartphone Ownership in 2013

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The Pew Internet and American Life Project  released new data  last week showing that 56% of all American adults use smartphones. At AIDS.gov, we have seen growth in mobile access to our website. Since January, 2013, nearly 37% of visits to AIDS.gov have been from a mobile device. This has already surpassed the total mobile…

CDC Launches New Campaign “Reasons/Razones” Encouraging HIV Testing Among Latino Gay & Bisexual Men

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This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched REASONS/RAZONES – the newest HIV testing campaign under the CDC Act Against AIDS initiative. The bilingual campaign is the agency’s first national effort to encourage HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men, who are among those hardest hit by HIV in the United…

Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: HIV in the Caribbean Region

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Note: In the United States, Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is June 8. For this observance, Caribbean-American leaders sponsor diverse activities to create awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the health status of Caribbean-Americans within their specific communities. The observance also draws attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean. For more information, go to http://www.ncahaad.com ….

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Opportunity for Use of New Media to Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the use of new media to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations. SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention and New Media program seeks to decrease stigma and discrimination…

Input Sought on Renewal and 3-Year Extension of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

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As Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, shared during last month’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Human Services and its federal partners are pleased to announce the renewal and extension of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis for three more years. The original…

Celebrating Innovation at the Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza Conference

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Three years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. This week marks the fourth edition of what has come to be known as ‘Datapalooza,’ which has grown to include nearly 2,000 tech developers, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and…

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