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CAPUS: Formative Evaluation Provides a Snapshot on Early Progress

Formative evaluations are evaluations that are generally conducted during the developmental and early implementation phases of large-scale, multiyear projects in order to improve program design or performance. These evaluations can play an invaluable role in HIV programming because they allow us to identify and bolster successful activities and to revise and modify program elements that…

Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk.  Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged. The addition of…

Update on Youth and Social Media Use

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) commemorated on April 10 highlighted that 26% of new HIV cases in the U.S. are among people ages 13 to 24. This year’s theme, Engaging Youth Voices in the Response to HIV & AIDS, reminds us to re-assess how and where we can connect with and “listen to” young…

Digital Storytelling, Social Media, and More for NYHAAD 2015

Today’s observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (#NYHAAD ) provides our nation with an opportunity to engage young people (and adults) in conversation about the epidemic’s impact on youth. These conversations include sharing stories and facts about the epidemic, and can involve listening to young people and sharing tools for action. This year’s…

The Local Pharmacy: An Untapped Resource for Viral Hepatitis Care

Last year, I went to my local drugstore to get my seasonal flu shot. As my pharmacist prepared the materials, she asked about my niece’s recent hula performance.  I asked how her daughter was doing in school. As we chatted it occurred to me: I know my pharmacist better than my doctor. And she knows…

Ryan White and National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Twenty-six percent (26%) of new HIV cases in the U.S. are among young people (ages 13-24), according to CDC. Cases are overwhelmingly among gay/bisexual men, particularly African Americans. While more and more youth living with HIV are being linked into care, over 50% who are HIV infected do not know it and, by default, are…

CDC Observes National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

Dear Colleague, April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). It is the first awareness day to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic specifically on young people. This annual observance was created by Advocates for Youth  and other partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young…

Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

Editor’s Note: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for increased support for people living with HIV/AIDS who have co-occurring conditions such as mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction, as part of a concerted national effort to get and keep people living with HIV into care. This proposed rule, as well as provisions in the Affordable…