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New USPSTF HIV Testing Recommendation Paves the Way for Increased Testing and Timely HIV Diagnosis in the U.S.

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This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a new Recommendation Statement on screening for HIV, giving a “Grade A” recommendation for routine HIV screening for all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection. It also gave a…

Ryan White Program Addressing Coinfection with Viral Hepatitis

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For many years the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) has worked to increase access to hepatitis C treatment for HIV-infected patients in Ryan White-funded programs. This attention is warranted given that, according to the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, an estimated 33% of persons living…

A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

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Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage. We have finalized the application you can complete later this year to learn what health insurance programs you are eligible for and the discounts to help pay for it. Starting in October, it will be…

Alicia Keys Introduces New National “EMPOWERED” Campaign, Reaching U.S. Women on All Platforms

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Editorial Note: Many organizations are using new media channels to reach communities in the response to HIV/AIDS. Recently, we asked our colleagues at the Kaiser Family Foundation to share some information on the EMPOWERED campaign. The following guest post is about EMPOWERED, an example of a national campaign using traditional and new media. Among federal…

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for HIV

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2013 – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) today released its final recommendation statement on screening for HIV. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection….

STD Prevention, Screening, and Treatment Helps Prevent HIV Transmission and Ensure Health of People Living with HIV

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April is STD Awareness Month, an opportunity for all of us in the HIV prevention, treatment, and care arena to be reminded of—and educate others about—the vital role that sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, testing, and treatment play in comprehensive programs to prevent and treat HIV. Simply stated, having an untreated STD increases the risk…

White House to Host Baltimore Meeting

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As we posted last week, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has been hosting a series of regional meetings to discuss implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This blog post from Grant Colfax, ONAP Director, provides information on those meetings. The next meeting will take…

Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation

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April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most important health issues for minorities that we can highlight for this month is HIV. The estimated lifetime risk for a diagnosis of HIV infection is a key measure of the disparities that exist for this disease in the United States. CDC estimates that were…