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Ambassador Birx Reflects on AIDS 2014 Highlights

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Last week I had the opportunity to share my reflections on what the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ) means for our efforts to achieve the goals of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy. For an international perspective, I had an opportunity to sit down with Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS,…

HHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding

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221 Health Centers nationwide will expand behavioral health services using funds from the health care law Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 221 health centers in 47 states and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for over 450,000 people…

Best Practices in Engaging the LGBT Community on the Affordable Care Act

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Across America, the Affordable Care Act is having a tremendous, positive impact on the health, wellbeing, and economic security of millions of Americans, including LGBT people and their families. Many members of the LGBT community face limited access to health care and insurance, and are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy….

Shared Struggles, Shared Successes: Working at the Intersection of LGBTI and Disability Rights

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Editor’s Note: The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division posted this update in the lead-up to the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26. While that anniversary has passed, we thought it was still important to share this information about how the Division has continued to enforce the ADA and…

Researchers Find Hepatitis C Cures Effective for People Living with HIV/HCV Coinfection – Reports from AIDS 2014

Dr. M. Sulkowski and Dr. J. Molina discuss HIV-HCV coinfection study findings at AIDS 2014. Photo Courtesy of the International AIDS Foundation

The World Health Organization estimates that globally, 5-15% of people living with HIV are coinfected with hepatitis C. In the United States, about 25% of people living with HIV also have hepatitis C (HCV)—and HCV rates are even higher among people with HIV who inject drugs. For both hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection, disease…

Surgeon agrees to treat HIV-positive patients after losing federal funding

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A California surgeon has voluntarily entered into a Post-Termination Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to restore his eligibility to receive federal funding from HHS. The surgeon’s funding was terminated after OCR and the HHS Departmental Appeals Board concluded that he intentionally discriminated against…

In Case You Missed it! AIDS 2014 Roundup

"20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), Melbourne, Australia."

This year marked the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014 ), which was held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20-25, 2014. Yesterday, Dr. Valdiserri, reflected on the breadth and depth of topics covered at AIDS 2014 that expanded the discourse on HIV care outcomes and the future of a cure. He emphasized that the conference theme of…

ONAP Listening Sessions Continue in Chicago and New York City Next Week

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Wrapping up a summer series of listening sessions around the country, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will host final sessions next week in Chicago and New York City. The listening sessions will focus on the local implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the HIV Care Continuum Initiative. Mr. Douglas…