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HRSA Funds New Hepatitis C and HIV Coinfection Initiative

Summary: HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau has awarded a new initiative to improve hepatitis C virus (HCV) services among HIV/HCV coinfected people of color, funded under the FY 2016 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau has awarded a new initiative to improve hepatitis C virus (HCV) services among HIV/HCV coinfected people of color, funded under…

Back To The Future?

I’m always a bit of a basket case when World AIDS Day comes around each year. The day, which usually stretches into a week’s worth of events for me, stirs up a complex set of emotions in me. The memories of what it was like being diagnosed with HIV on World AIDS Day in 1994….

Extended opportunity for Jan 1 coverage: Sign up by December 19

Because of extraordinary demand at HealthCare.gov and our Marketplace Call Center, we’re extending the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 p.m. PST on December 19. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last few days, and nearly a million of you have left contact information to hold your place…

Don’t miss the Dec 15 deadline for Jan 1 coverage!

Time is running out! You only have until December 15, 2016 to sign up for or update your current Marketplace health insurance plan, so it’ll take effect January 1, 2017. 3 reasons to sign up now Don’t miss a day of being covered. Enrolling by December 15 means you won’t have a break in health…

New HIV Prevention Model Published

Starting before I came to HHS in January 2016, I had the pleasure of being a part of discussions about the development of an HIV prevention model that would complement the HIV care continuum. This work was initiated under the leadership of Tim Horn and Jerimiah Johnson at the Treatment Action Group (TAG) in New…

New Federal Actions Discussed at National PrEP Summit

Earlier this month at a national summit on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, I had the opportunity to share some highlights of federal activities to support scaling up this important HIV prevention tool as well as my personal perspectives as a PrEP user. The NMAC HIV PrEP Summit brought together a diverse group of 600…

Are Chatbots the Next mHealth Frontier?

Editor’s Note: Chatbot Basics –  A chatbot is a messaging tool designed to simulate a conversation or interaction. Chatbots rely on Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to process information and respond to user inputs. These are often text but can be voice inputs as well. Messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and…

Join CDC’s Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference!

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the next Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference! CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support hosts a monthly teleconference about the topic of the latest CDC Vital Signs report. This provides a forum for our nation’s health officials to broaden the conversation, build momentum,…