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Introducing @POTUS: President Obama’s Twitter Account

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Editor’s Note: This blog has been cross-posted from The White House Blog, which on May 18 announced the launch of President Obama’s Twitter account: @POTUS. Today, with a tweet from the Oval Office, President Obama launched @POTUS , the official Twitter account of the President of the United States. The @POTUS  Twitter account will serve…

Centers for Disease Control: Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

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May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV. Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise a small percentage of all HIV infections in the United States. Asians accounted…

FDA Invites Comments on Proposal to Revise Lifetime Deferral on Blood Donation by Gay Men

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In a Federal Register notice published Friday, May 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on the following draft recommendations: Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products [PDF 135KB]. This draft guidance, to establishments that collect blood or blood components, proposes…

BULLETIN: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day 2015

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May 18, 2015 Vaccination has historically been the best method for protecting against and ultimately defeating mankind’s most devastating infectious diseases. Although the path to developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine has so far been difficult, achieving this goal remains key to realizing a durable end to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. HIV vaccine development…

Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on Friday, May 15 by Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to commemorate today’s observance of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. May 15, 2015 With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort…

Help Raise Awareness on Hepatitis Testing Day – May 19th

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Next Tuesday, May 19, is the fourth annual national Hepatitis Testing Day. The observance was established in 2011 with the initial release of the national Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan). Its goal is to help raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and to encourage more…

About 137 million individuals with private insurance are guaranteed access to free preventive services

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Nationwide, about 137 million individuals, including 55 million women and 28 million children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended…

New ACA Guidance Addresses Preventive Services Coverage Requirements for Transgender Individuals

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The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new guidance on May 11th, clarifying consumers’ rights to coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, including the rights of transgender individuals who have historically experienced inequities in access to health care services. The ACA requires that a set of…