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Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Supreme Court Ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

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Today’s Supreme Court decision finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is a victory for equality, which is a core belief of this administration. It is also a victory for families, especially those children whose parents’ legal same sex marriages can now be recognized under federal law. As a result of today’s ruling, the federal…

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement for National HIV Testing Day 2013

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Today, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement recognizing the 19th annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). We are grateful to the Secretary, who also worked with the AIDS.gov team to record two video public service announcements promoting NHTD.  The first video gives general information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S.: The second…

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

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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…