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Supporting National HIV Testing Day with New Media

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June 26 - National HIV Testing Day

With the annual observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27, advocates, policy makers, healthcare providers, and others encourage people to “Take the Test. Take Control”. Since NHTD was first observed in 2005, we have seen a tremendous rise in the use of new media tools. In June 2010, AIDS.gov launched the HIV…

SAMHSA’s Healthy Lifestyles Project seeks to prevent the spread of hepatitis C

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and SAMHSA is joining CDC and others in urging two groups of people to get tested for hepatitis C (HCV): Those born between 1945 and 1965 (rates of infection in this group are five times higher than in other adults in the U.S. population); Those who have engaged in high-risk…

HHS Launches Information Is Powerful Medicine Campaign

Information is Powerful Medicine

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is proud to announce the launch of the Information Is Powerful Medicine campaign. The campaign contributes to Department-wide efforts guided by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) to improve health outcomes for all people living with HIV/AIDS. Focusing specifically on Black gay, bisexual,…

NIDA Research Seeks to Reduce Viral Hepatitis Caused by Drug Use Behaviors

Compton & Khalsa

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the leading cause of liver failure and liver transplantation in the United States and people who inject drugs (PWID) are particularly susceptible to this disease with as many as 70% or more of this population testing positive for the virus. To make matters worse, PWID enjoy little if any consistent…

Community Organizing Works for Health Information Technology Systems Too

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To most Americans, “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is a murky domain where policy wonks conspire with computer nerds to manage our healthcare. But community-based organizations need to think about HIT both as a powerful tool for improving community health, and as a lever that can be activated through traditional community organizing principles. For community groups…

The Future of Health Department HIV and Hepatitis Programs

Dawn Fukaad

    For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have…

White House Issues Executive Order on Open Data

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy, and we want to take a moment to reflect on a recent White House Executive Order about open data. This Executive Order and accompanying Open Data Policy [PDF 6MB] requires that, going forward, all data generated by the federal government be made available in…

HIV Treatment Cascade Video Now Also Available in Spanish

HIV Treatment Cascade, espanol

“Ahora el video de la Cascada de Tratamiento de VIH también está disponible en español” Recently we shared an animated video about the HIV treatment cascade in the United States that has quickly become one of the most-watched videos ever on the AIDS.gov YouTube channel . We’re pleased to share the Spanish language version of this…