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From the Desk of the Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Is Working

Remarks by Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell "The Affordable Care Act is Working"

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act  at the Brookings Institution. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s our belief that the three most important measures are affordability, access, and quality – and that when you consider the law through this lens, the evidence points to a clear conclusion:…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…

Corinna Dan Reflects on Her Commitment to Fighting Viral Hepatitis and Introduces Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

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Many of our colleagues in the HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis fields have both personal and professional commitments to their work, formed by diverse life experiences that continue to inspire them. Recently, we visited with our colleague Ms. Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., who serves as Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor in the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and…

National Recovery Month: An Opportunity to Integrate Behavioral Health and Hepatitis C Prevention

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Every year in September, we recognize National Recovery Month. Now in its 25th year, Recovery Month highlights how prevention and treatment of and recovery from mental and substance use disorders benefit individuals and our communities. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out.” “Recovery Month reminds us that our year-round…

CDC and HRSA Announce Funding Opportunities for HIV Prevention and Care

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Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced funding opportunities for HIV services that may be of interest to readers of the AIDS.gov blog. CDC Funding for High Impact HIV Prevention Programs for CBOs: Deadline November 14 CDC announced the availability of fiscal year 2015 funds…

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

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Antiretroviral treatment can enable HIV-infected Americans to avoid the debilitating illnesses and premature death once nearly inescapable for people with the infection. Research has shown that, when taken consistently, these medications also greatly reduce transmission of the virus to others. In other words, if everyone in the United States who is infected with HIV took antiretroviral therapy…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Take Action to Curb HIV

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As we approach the observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) on September 27, it seems timely – indeed, imperative – to encourage all gay men, as well as those who work with, provide services to, and/or love them to take stock of the current toll of HIV/AIDS among gay men and take…

Gay and Bisexual Men See HIV as the Top Health Issue Facing Their Community, But Majorities Are Not Personally Worried About Getting Infected & Not Getting Tested Regularly

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Most Are Unaware of New Prevention Options, Such as PrEP, or Current Treatment Recommendations MENLO PARK, CA – More than thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and at a time when infections among gay and bisexual men are on the rise in the U.S., a new national survey  of gay and bisexual men by the Kaiser Family Foundation…