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Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on African American History Month

Kathleen Sebelius

Today, we celebrate the beginning of African American History Month, a time for all Americans to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made to our nation, including major advances in scientific research and public health. During African American History Month, we draw inspiration from the courage of trailblazers like Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the…

Learning More About your Audiences: Communities of Color on Twitter

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Earlier this month we posted a blog on the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s  report about African Americans and technology use. The data in the Pew report revealed that almost a quarter of African Americans who are online access Twitter, with 40% of 18-29 year old African American internet users on the site. We…

Scientists Discover Hepatitis C Virus Can Remain Infectious Outside of the Body for Up to 6 Weeks

Ronald Valdiserri

A recent study by researchers from the Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health revealed that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) can remain infectious for up to 6 weeks on surfaces at room temperature—resulting in a much longer period for potential transmission than was previously appreciated.  Prior to this study, scientists believed that HCV could…

The Affordable Care Act Resources Round-Up

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During his State of the Union speech this week, President Obama asked every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31st, when open enrollment ends. You can shop for plans and sign up for coverage online at HealthCare.gov, by phone at 1-800-318-2596, by mail, or directly through an…

Online Expert Advice for Clinicians Treating Hepatitis C Now Available

Ronald Valdiserri

Up-to-date guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is now available for healthcare providers from HCVguidelines.org, a new online resource launched this week by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases  (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America  (IDSA), in collaboration with the International Antiviral Society-USA   (IAS-USA).  These guidelines are…

5 New Funding Opportunities from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) recently announced five new funding opportunities through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Below are brief descriptions of each announcement, application deadlines, and links for more information. Resource/TA Center for HIV Prevention and Care for Black MSM – HRSA-14-106 HRSA/HAB has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement…

New Media and Organizations Serving Black Gay Men

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Last week, researchers, AIDS services organizations and others attended the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS  and other Health Disparities. This annual event is hosted by National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities  (NAESM), an organization that has served the community of black men who have sex with men (BMSM) for almost 25 years. The theme of this year’s…

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Coverage Extension

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Editor’s Note: We are sharing the following announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that individuals currently enrolled in the federally-run Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) who have not yet found new health insurance coverage can maintain their PCIP coverage until March 31, 2014. PCIPs were originally set to expire on December…