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Shared Struggles, Shared Successes: Working at the Intersection of LGBTI and Disability Rights

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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division posted this update in the lead-up to the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. While that anniversary has passed, we thought it was still important to share this information about how the Division has continued to enforce the ADA and…

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

Dr. M. Sulkowski and Dr. J. Molina discuss HIV-HCV coinfection study findings at AIDS 2014. Photo Courtesy of the International AIDS Foundation

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease…

Surgeon agrees to treat HIV-positive patients after losing federal funding

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A California surgeon has voluntarily entered into a Post-Termination Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to restore his eligibility to receive federal funding from HHS. The surgeon’s funding was terminated after OCR and the HHS Departmental Appeals Board concluded that he intentionally discriminated against…

In Case You Missed it! AIDS 2014 Roundup

"20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), Melbourne, Australia."

This year marked the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ), which was held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, 2014. Yesterday, Dr. Valdiserri, reflected on the breadth and depth of topics covered at AIDS 2014 that expanded the discourse on HIV care outcomes and the future of a cure. He emphasized that the conference theme of…

ONAP Listening Sessions Continue in Chicago and New York City Next Week

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Wrapping up a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will host final sessions next week in Chicago and New York City. The listening sessions will focus on the local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. Mr. Douglas…

Black Voices: Independence from HIV

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Last month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy hosted the much-anticipated meeting on HIV in the Southern United States. Federal stakeholders, policy makers, national and regional advocates were in attendance to outline the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South and identify solutions for reducing the impact of HIV in this…

New Leaders of CDC’s HIV and TB Divisions Named

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Two new Division Directors will begin their tenure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) on August 11. Eugene McCray, MD, is the new Director of NCHHSTP’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). In this capacity, he will lead the Division’s work to promote…

Stepping Up the Pace in America’s Response to AIDS

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Given the global reach of the AIDS epidemic and the diversity of delegates who attended the 20th International AIDS Conference  (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia (July 20-25), it’s not surprising that hundreds of topics were presented. Plenary sessions, symposia, and posters covered subjects ranging from novel ways to reach high-risk populations, harm reduction strategies for…