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Too Few Latinos Living with HIV are Getting Adequate Treatment

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As National Latino AIDS Awareness Day approaches on October 15, I invite all of you to help change the course of HIV in Hispanic/Latino communities. Hispanics/Latinos represent one-sixth of the U.S. population, but account for over one-fifth of the nation’s new HIV infections. A number of challenges increase the burden of disease in these communities,…

Have a 2014 Health Plan? Get Ready to Keep or Change it for 2015

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If you bought a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace in 2014, you can renew your current plan or enroll in a different plan for 2015. You can do this between November 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015. If you live in Idaho, Nevada, or Oregon, your process for 2015 enrollment has changed from…

USCA 2014: Viral Hepatitis in the Spotlight for the First Time

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Viral hepatitis has long been a concern of organizations working in the HIV/AIDS field because of high rates of co-infection. It is estimated that 10% of people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis B and 25% are co-infected with hepatitis C, though certain groups, like people who inject drugs, have even higher rates of…

USCA 2014: Federal HIV Programs in Spotlight

Douglas Brooks at USCA 2014

Federal HIV programs were in the spotlight at the 2014 U.S. Conference on AIDS as Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, led a plenary session featuring representatives of a diverse array of HIV activities from across the federal government. ONAP Priorities Mr. Brooks opened the session with video greetings…

USCA 2014: Opening Day

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Just days ago, a few miles north of the site of USCA 2014 in San Diego, the city held its annual AIDS Walk, an event first convened over a quarter century ago by individuals who pulled together to figure out how to apply compassion to crisis. Highlights: ASO Adjusts to Change – An RSR Reporting…

USCA 2014: Spotlight on HIV in Latino Communities

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The U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA)  got underway in San Diego yesterday and members of the AIDS.gov team are among the participants. In the coming days, we’ll be sharing some highlights from the conference for those of our readers who are not able to attend. In its 18th year, USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the…

From the Desk of the Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Is Working

Remarks by Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell "The Affordable Care Act is Working"

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act  at the Brookings Institution. When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, it’s our belief that the three most important measures are affordability, access, and quality – and that when you consider the law through this lens, the evidence points to a clear conclusion:…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports 34 Initiatives

The Fiscal Year 2014 (FY’14) allocation of the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) has been completed and I am pleased to share highlights with you. A total approximating $49.3 million was awarded to support 34 initiatives across 11 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices, including two cross-agency, multi-year demonstration projects. The awards fund…