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CDC Launches Hepatitis Testing Day Event Page

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Preparations for the second annual observance of Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th are underway and you can play a major role in making testing day a success. As called for in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, Hepatitis Testing Day is a day for people at risk for…

Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on LGBT Health Awareness Week

Kathleen Sebelius

Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say…

New NIH Award Aims to Reduce Asian American Hepatitis B Disparities through Health Information Technology

Ronald Valdiserri

A new grant award by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will support the development of new Health Information Technology (HIT) strategies that increase screening for chronic hepatitis B and reduce the impact of hepatitis B among high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) populations.  Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is…

Conversations from CROI 2013: HRSA’s Dr. Laura Cheever

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In the final episode in my series of conversations from the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) (held in Atlanta earlier this month), I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Laura Cheever, HRSA’s Acting Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau. At CROI, she and her colleagues shared a new analysis of the…

Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

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During the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta earlier this month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. We discussed some of the important research findings being shared at the conference and their implications for our efforts to respond effectively…

HIV/AIDS in the Two-Spirit Community: A Hidden Crisis

Harlan Pruden

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness of the terrible toll that HIV/AIDS continues to take on Native American populations. HIV/AIDS is a crisis that affects many American Indians and Alaska Natives, but particularly Two-Spirit individuals, who often experience stigma and discrimination in both Native and mainstream society. What…

Enhanced HIV/AIDS Information on Benefits.gov

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As part of our continuing efforts to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) call for a more coordinated response to the epidemic in the United States, Federal agencies recently completed a review and update to the HIV/AIDS information available on Benefits.gov. The mission of Benefits.gov is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with…