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Celebrating the Legacies of Black History and the Quest for Better Health

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As we continue to celebrate Black History Month and the legacy of black history as part of our American history, we reflect upon the legacy of the National Urban League which has been saving our cities for over a century, focusing on the economic empowerment of African Americans and other underserved communities. With its 90…

Drs. Wolitski and McCray Discuss Data on Lifetime HIV Risk (Video)

People living in the South are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV over the course of their life than people in other parts of the country. States where risk is greatest include Maryland (1 in 49), Georgia (1 in 51), Florida (1 in 54), and Louisiana (1 in 56).

View Dr. Wolitski’s related conversation from CROI 2016 with CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin here. New analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicating that, if current HIV diagnoses rates persist, about 1 in 2 black men who have sex with men (MSM) and 1 in 4 Latino MSM in the…

Drs. Wolitski and Mermin Discuss Highlights of CDC Presentations at CROI 2016 (Videos)

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While at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston last week, Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, had an opportunity speak with Dr. Jono Mermin, Director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, about highlights of some…

Stigma can kill: Making a difference for tomorrow

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Stigma killed my partner John. He died in 1994, less than a year before he could have gotten effective antiretroviral therapy that might have stopped HIV from taking his life. There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today. John was really angry when…

Research Update: NIH’s Dr. Dieffenbach on CROI 2016 (Video)

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As the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  came to a close in Boston on February 25, we spoke with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), about some of the highlights of the HIV research presented there. He notes that there…

As many as 185,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. could be prevented by expanding testing, treatment, PrEP

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Reaching the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) targets for HIV testing and treatment and expanding the use of daily Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) could prevent an estimated 185,000 new HIV infections in the United States by 2020 – a 70 percent reduction in new infections, according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)….

Vaginal Ring & PrEP Updates from CROI with NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach (Video)

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New scientific findings to inform HIV prevention efforts were among the key highlights shared at CROI yesterday, according to Dr. Carl Dieffenbach, Director of the Division of AIDS at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). After another day full of presentations on the latest in HIV science at the 2016 Conference on…

Have a “qualifying life event”? You may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.

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Open Enrollment for a 2016 Marketplace health plan is over. But in some cases, you may still be able to get health insurance for 2016. If you experience a qualifying event for health insurance — like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage — you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period….