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In Memoriam: C. Everett Koop

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Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

The public health world, especially those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS arena, mourn the passing of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Surgeon General Koop was an inspirational public health leader and a voice for frank and open conversation about HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was shrouded in fear and misinformation….

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Announcement for Rapid Hepatitis C Screening in Drug Treatment Programs

Ronald Valdiserri

Last week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) announced a new $1 million funding opportunity that supports rapid hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening and referral to care in non profit opioid treatment programs (OTPs)—programs that offer medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.  Designed to address the…

Monday White House Live Stream Townhall: The Affordable Care Act and the African American Community

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On Monday, February 25, 2013 the White House will hold a Townhall discussion, “Looking Ahead to 2014: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits the African American Community.”  The event will begin at 9:00 am with opening remarks, followed by two panel discussions and one break out session. It will be livestreamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live and www.hhs.gov/live….

CROI Begins March 3 in Atlanta and Online

CROI 2013

The 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI ) begins in just over a week in Atlanta, Georgia. This annual scientific meeting of the world’s leading researchers working to understand, prevent, and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications provides a vital forum for translating laboratory and clinical research into progress against the AIDS epidemic. At CROI,…

New Tool Can Assist Adults in Obtaining Recommended Vaccines

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HealthMap Vaccine Finder

While we hear a lot about the importance of getting a flu shot, there are many other vaccines that are recommended for adults. Starting this month, it will be easier to find all of the vaccinations you need. The HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free online service that helps you locate nearby vaccine providers (such…

Justice Department Settles Three HIV Discrimination Cases

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As part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached three settlements addressing HIV discrimination by medical providers over the past three weeks. Each of the settlements was reached under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities—including persons with HIV disease—in public…

HRSA Announces Three New Funding Opportunities

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The HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently issued three new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Funding for Culturally Appropriate Interventions for Latinos Demo Sites and Evaluation Center (March 18 Deadline) These announcements solicit applications for a Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) program multi-site…

Sounding the Alarm on a Silent Epidemic: Federal HIV/STD Advisory Group Adopts Viral Hepatitis as Priority

Antigone Dempsey, M.Ed.

In support of enhanced cross-government efforts to address the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis, a federal advisory body on HIV and STDs recently expanded its scope and title to include viral hepatitis. Now known as the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC), the body advises the…