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VIDEO Message for World AIDS Day: Focus. Partner. Achieve – An AIDS-free Generation

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Today, with just over four weeks until World AIDS Day (December 1), we are honored to provide an important video message about World AIDS Day that introduces this year’s theme: Focus. Partner. Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation. In this video, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of…

Silence is Deadly: Combating the Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis

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Silence=Death. That phrase was used by the advocacy group ACT UP to end the silence about the AIDS crisis in the United States. This is no less true for the issue of viral hepatitis, which claims the lives of 12,000-18,000 Americans each year. Our inactivity can fuel the spread of viral hepatitis—viruses which are largely…

HHS awards $2.2 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that more than $2.2 billion in grants was awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2014 to cities, states and local community-based organizations, funded through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. This funding will ensure that more than half a million people living with and affected by HIV…

5 Steps to stay covered through the Marketplace in 2015

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Did you know that if you bought a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, you can renew your current plan or enroll in a different plan for 2015? There may be new, more affordable health care plans available to you that weren’t an option last year, or you may find another…

PrEPline Provides Clinicians with Advice on New HIV Prevention Tool

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A new telephone consultation service was launched earlier this month to provide free, expert advice to clinicians across the United States about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an important new HIV prevention tool. PrEP involves taking a daily pill containing two antiretroviral drugs as a way for HIV uninfected persons to prevent HIV infection. The Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis…

Primary Care Providers: Improve Care for Patients with Viral Hepatitis with ACT-First, a Free Online CME Course

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Regular readers of this blog probably know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends hepatitis C (HCV) screening for everyone in the demographic group in the U.S. that is most likely to be infected—people born between 1945 and 1965. In addition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last year upgraded its…

USCA 2014: Reflections of 3 Black Voices Bloggers

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The 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA)  earlier this month was the largest HIV/AIDS-related gathering in the nation. During the conference, the AIDS.gov team provided daily social media coverage , policy updates, and technical assistance to conference participants in our social media lab. Today, we bring you personal perspectives of the conference from Guy Anthony, Kahlib Barton,…

Analysis: Opportunities Under the ACA for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Women With HIV

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An estimated 36 percent of women in the U.S. report having experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), also called domestic violence, but among HIV positive women 55 percent report such experiences. A new Kaiser Family Foundation  analysis  looks at opportunities to address IPV in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could help women who are HIV positive…