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Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

Tim Harrison - cropped May 2016

The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

With new data, states can better focus HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

CDC HIV prevention in the south - cropped May 2016

As CDC reported [PDF 2.3 MB] in December, our nation is making substantial but uneven progress on HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Over the past decade, new HIV diagnoses declined significantly among white MSM, but increased among Latino MSM. Among black MSM, the sharp increases we…

Making government information more accessible

WCAG - Accessibility - cropped May 2016

The federal government relies on technology to carry out its business and deliver information to citizens – and that means ALL citizens, including more than 13 million in the United States who have at least one disability. Nearly every federal employee plays a role in supporting accessibility. For more than 15 years, the Section 508…

Join the White House 2016 National Hepatitis Testing Day Event via Live Webcast on May 19

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

Next Thursday May 19th, the White House will host a National Hepatitis Testing Day observance, and you can watch the event live. It will be webcast live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE from 10:00–12:30 p.m. EDT. The event underscores the administration’s commitment to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections in the United States. It is co-hosted by…

PrEP: Will We Succeed or Fail?

Rich prep blog - May 12 - Congressional PrEP Briefing - copped May 2016

Last week I was invited to participate in a Congressional briefing on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) that was sponsored by the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. The briefing brought together speakers with policy, clinical, and community experience in working to improve awareness of, access to, and use of PrEP. I very…

New Issue Brief from Kaiser Family Foundation Examines Impact of ACA on People Living with HIV

KFF logo - cropped May 2016

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief, The ACA and People Living with HIV: An Update [PDF 603 KB]. The brief takes a second look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people with HIV in five states—California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Texas. Observations are drawn from interviews…

FDA Launches Campaign that Affirms LGBT Young Adults’ Freedom to Be, Tobacco Free

FDAThisFreeLife - cropped May 2016

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in the launch of “This Free Life,” the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new anti-smoking campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults. This is FDA’s first-ever national campaign designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults (ages 18-24) who are occasional…

Hepatitis Awareness Month: Join the Twitter Chat!

Hepatitis Awareness-Month - cropped - May 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and Altarum and NMAC are taking to Twitter to spread the word about viral hepatitis, particularly in minority communities. Millions of Americans in every community are living with viral hepatitis. While anyone can be exposed, being informed about which communities are disproportionately impacted can help focus…