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Webinar Highlights: Improving Health Outcomes for Black MSM Along the HIV Care Continuum

Timothy Harrison

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The HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) recently hosted a webinar to foster continued dialogue among diverse stakeholders about challenges, opportunities, and emerging promising practices related to addressing the disparate HIV-related health outcomes experienced by black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The June 25 webinar highlighted…

Iowa Modernizes HIV Criminalization Law

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On May 30, 2014, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill making substantial revisions to the state’s HIV criminalization law. The new legislation rewrote state law 709c, which was originally passed in 1998 and made it a felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison, for persons living with HIV infection (PLWH)…

Funding Solicitation – Improve Access to HIV-Related Health Information

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, plays a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. The NLM is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected…

New USPSTF Recommendation on Hepatitis B Screening for People at High-Risk

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On Monday, May 26th, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force)  published its final recommendation statement on screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in individuals at high risk. This recommendation includes adults and adolescents who are not pregnant and who have not been vaccinated, as well as other individuals at high risk for…

NIDA 2014 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research

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This week, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced the 2014 Avant-Garde Awards for HIV/AIDS research. According to a NIDA press release, the awards offer hope in battling HIV infection and improving long-term outcomes in HIV-infected drug users. With proposals ranging from enhancing the immune system’s ability…

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs Support New ACA Coverage Options for Thousands of People Living with HIV

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State Health Departments Navigate ACA Enrollment Challenges While Strengthening Insurance Purchasing Infrastructure and Addressing Unmet Need Washington, DC – This week, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)  released new data  [PDF 150 KB] emphasizing the essential role the Ryan White Program, specifically the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), plays for people living with HIV (PLWH), including those…

Black Voices: “Wait a minute did I take my meds?”

Patrick Ingram

“Wait a minute did I take my meds?” This is a question I often ask even if my pill box, mobile application, or friend says I have. Anxiety, nervousness, fear, and due diligence keep me on track to continue to the best of my ability to take my medications faithfully. For me the process of…

Black Voices: Home In Story

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Storytelling is a tool for self-expression; a method for transferring information. It is a practice so innate to our human construction that we perform story, naturally, several times daily, without ever pausing to realize that we’ve done it. Just think… how often do we answer everyday questions with story? Ever found yourself wrapped-up in a…