HIV Policy & Programs

Justice Department Settles with South Carolina Department of Corrections to End Discrimination Against Inmates with HIV

Department of Justice

Editor’s note: Earlier this fall, the U.S. Department of Justice released this important announcement regarding its ongoing efforts to address HIV-related discrimination. Please read. The Justice Department announced on September 30, 2013 that it had reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and its director, to resolve alleged violations of Title…

Statement by the President on the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act

The White House

[Released November 21, 2013] Earlier today, I signed into law the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another.  For decades, these organ transplants have been illegal. It was even illegal to study whether they could…

A Victory for LGBT Health in the Americas

Dr. Nils Daulaire

Early in October, global health leaders in the Americas Region made a major step forward to improve access to and quality of health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. At the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization, delegates from governments throughout the region unanimously passed a resolution entitled Addressing the Causes…

Overview of the HIV Care Continuum


There has been much discussion recently about the HIV care continuum and the importance of engaging and retaining more people living with HIV along all stages of that continuum. It was the focus of the President’s recent Executive Order establishing the HIV Care Continuum Initiative as the next step in implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy….

ACA News Round-up Improvements

Some recent information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Making Measurable Progress to The team continues to work around the clock to improve the user experience and is making measurable progress, including improving response time…

OPA Funds New HIV Grants


The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the award of $8,145,910 to 18 recipients under the announcement Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services Grants. These awards were made possible in part by resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS…

New Video and Other Resources on the Importance of Quitting Smoking for People Living with HIV

Smoking and HIV

In advance of this week’s observance of the 2013 Great American Smokeout  on Thursday, November 21, we are pleased to introduce a brief new video about the harmful effects of smoking among people living with HIV. Organized annually by the American Cancer Society , the Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan…

Viral Hepatitis Policy Meets Practice at the Liver Meeting

Photo of author speaking at meeting

Earlier this month, the “Liver Meeting” – the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD )– took place in Washington, DC. As part of a session re-capping the major viral hepatitis highlights from the conference, I had the pleasure of sharing with several thousand scientists and healthcare professionals from around…