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Hepatitis C Virus: 25 Years of Progress

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to watch the informative sessions described in Dr. Mermin’s post below. Twenty-five years ago, on April 21, hepatitis C virus (HCV) was recognized as a distinct virus by the journal Science. Since that time, many advances have been made in the testing and treatment of HCV. Several medications are…

To Read or Not to Read?

Anthony Roberts, Jr.

According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project , 73% of African American internet users report using a social networking site of some kind . If you are trying to reach the Black MSM community online, these tools can be key to your HIV prevention and awareness efforts. There are a vast number of social…

2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Released Today

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Results from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) were released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This survey is conducted every two years among a nationally representative sample of high school students. More than 13,000 U.S. high school students participated in the most recent national survey. Participation was voluntary and…

CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces

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“Navigator” program will continue to help consumers understand health coverage options as they enroll in coverage The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance…

CDC’s June Public Health Grand Rounds & National Summit Spotlight Hepatitis C

Ronald Valdiserri

On June 17, 2014, CDC’s monthly Public Health Grand Rounds will spotlight hepatitis C. The one-hour program, “The 25th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Hepatitis C Virus: Looking Back to Look Forward,” will be webcast, beginning at 1:00PM (EDT) and will feature presentations by nationally recognized experts. Recent therapeutic advances can halt the progression…

2014 National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day

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Editor’s Note: National Men’s Health Week is important to everyone in the HIV community. We encourage our readers to learn more about this observance. A statement by Deputy Secretary Bill Corr National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father’s Day, is a good time to focus on how men can take control of…

White House Office of National AIDS Policy Announces Two Bay Area Listening Sessions

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As part of a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has announced that it will be hosting two sessions in the Bay area later this month. The listening sessions will focus on local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care…

HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

Kathleen Sebelius

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community have access to quality, affordable health care and enjoy the same rights and protections that all Americans expect and deserve. This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we take a…