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CROI 2016 Plenary Session on HIV in Transgender Populations (Video)

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston last month featured a first-ever plenary session on HIV in transgender populations by Dr. Tonia C. Poteat. I had the chance to visit with her following her presentation. I encourage you to watch Dr. Poteat’s plenary address at CROI. Dr. Poteat, an Assistant Professor…

HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

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Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders…

“It is Possible to Dream”

Teresa Mbalane, who has been receiving HIV treatment since 2004, with CDC Mozambique Director Edgar Monterroso. Teresa receives treatment via PEPFAR funding distributed by CDC Mozambique to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Summary: Teresa inspires and mobilizes people living with HIV and their families to live positively by sharing her story. “Today, it is possible to dream—when we thought that life was over,” says Teresa Joaquim Mbalane, a 50-year-old mother of four living with HIV in Mozambique. “Now I try to pass my experience on to others.”…

NIAID to Fund Further Study of Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Investment in HOPE Trial Augments Development of Next-Generation Prevention Tools

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it would move forward with an open-label extension study of an HIV prevention tool for women: a silicone ring that continuously releases the experimental antiretroviral drug dapivirine in the vagina. The new study builds on…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

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Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently…

Liver Cancer Death Rate Increasing Faster Than All Other Cancers; Implementation of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Urgently Needed

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On March 9th, the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer  , revealing that the rate of new cases of liver cancer is rapidly increasing and the death rate…

VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

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Expanded funding now allows VA to provide increased drug therapy at VA facilities nationwide The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is now able to fund care for all Veterans with hepatitis C for Fiscal Year 2016 regardless of the stage of the patient’s liver disease. The move follows increased funding from…

20 million people have gained health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, new estimates show

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More than 6 million uninsured young adults have gained health insurance coverage since 2010 A new report released today finds that the provisions of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in an estimated 20 million people gaining health insurance coverage between the passage of the law in 2010 and early 2016—an historic reduction in the…