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We Need Every Tool to End HIV

(Editor’s Note: This blog has been cross-posted from Advocate.com . For more information on PrEP, visit AIDS.gov.) HIV-negative gay men have a responsibility to use every tool at their disposal, including PrEP, to stay negative. I’m a PrEPer. I am HIV-negative, but I am taking an “AIDS” drug. In November 2013, I started taking Truvada, a drug that is used…

Advancing the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan: Checking-In with Federal and Community Leaders

On Tuesday, 10/14/14, the cross-government working group supporting and monitoring the implementation of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan—the Viral Hepatitis Implementation Group or “VHIG”—met in Washington, DC to share updates on 2014 accomplishments and plans for the coming year. Some of the highlights included: Promising preliminary data from HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Our Response to Ebola Right Now

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press after a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Oct.15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Today, a health care worker from Dallas was transferred to Emory University Hospital for treatment after contracting the…

Plain Language Reference Guide Available to Assist HIV Service Organizations in Health Insurance Enrollment Efforts

As we approach the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), many HIV service organizations and community-based groups nationwide are gearing up to help people at risk for and living with HIV to find and enroll in affordable health coverage. The Ryan White Affordable Care Enrollment (ACE) Technical…

FDA approves first combination pill to treat hepatitis C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection. Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs…

Pre-Application TA Webinars for CDC CBO FOA

Beginning this week, CDC will be offering pre-application technical assistance webinar conference calls for potential applicants under Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS15-1502: Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations. The schedule is as follows: October 15th at 10:00 a.m. (EST) Conference Call Information Toll-free number: 888-469-0934 Participant Passcode: 1905653 October 17th at 2:00 p.m….

Online Resources for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD): October 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) 2014 The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA)  and its partners are the community sponsors for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD, which is observed on annually on October 15.  The theme for NLAAD 2014 is To End AIDS, Commit to Act – Para Acabar con el SIDA, Comprometete a…

Presidential Proclamation — International Day of the Girl, 2014

Editors Note: Today is National Girls Day. Below is President Obama’s Proclamation. Please also read: Improving the Fight Against Intersecting Epidemics: An Update on Federal Efforts to Address HIV/AIDS and Intimate Partner Violence Among Women and Girls.  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In…