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USPSTF Releases Hepatitis C Screening Recommendations

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The new Recommendation Statement on screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) this week represents a critical step toward achieving the prevention, care and treatment goals outlined in the federal government’s Viral Hepatitis Action Plan. The new recommendation updates and expands the 2004 USPSTF recommendation, giving a…

Using Video to Share your Story: An Interview with KenLikeBarbie

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We’ve previously featured Ken Williams’ videos on this blog. As an African American man living with HIV, Ken uses YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share his story. As we approach National HIV Testing Day on June 27, we sat down with Ken (actually, we “hungout” on Google+) to learn more about how he uses…

Funds Available for New Media Planning

2013 New Media Microfund

Editor’s note: Application revised on 6/26/13 to clarify eligibility for Washington, D.C. We know that using new media can help HIV/AIDS service organizations extend the reach of their programs and messaging. At the same time, new media is helping to advance the goals of the Digital Government Strategy (DGS), which calls on us “to ask…

HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator – A Tool for Clinicians

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As an HIV physician who sees patients at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, I want to share a valuable resource for you and your patients with you. The HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator is a unique, online, location-based search tool that you can use with your patients and clients to help them access…

HUD Awards $32 Million to 30 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

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[Last month], the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually. The grant awards will provide these households with a stable living environment, which is essential to accessing healthcare and HIV related services.  In addition to…

Mermin Named Director of CDC Center

Jonathan Mermin

Jonathan “Jono” Mermin, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the new director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will begin his tenure on July 25. Dr. Mermin has a very unique perspective in addressing NCHHSTP’s lifesaving mission with…

HHS releases new Public Health Service guideline to reduce disease transmission through organ transplantation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2013 Updated recommendations can reduce unexpected disease transmission in organ recipients Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline  to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of…

CDC Launches First National Campaign to Increase Hepatitis B Testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Editor’s note: In an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week, CDC and its partner Hep B United launched a new national public awareness campaign that encourages screening for hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The new campaign supports implementation of the federal government’s Action Plan for the…