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“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

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When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…

Giving and Getting the Gift of Health Care

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Summary: This holiday season, Douglas Brooks shares his gratitude for quality health care, living with HIV over the last 25 years. I was diagnosed with HIV 25 years ago. At the time, there was little hope. When I mentioned to my doctor that I was afraid, he, also a gay man, replied: “We all are.” …

2015 National HIV Prevention Conference – Closing Reflections

Ronald Valdiserri

As the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference came to a close earlier this week in Atlanta, we heard from the CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden. He highlighted some of the ideas he and colleagues shared in a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary, “Applying Public Health Principles to the HIV Epidemic — How Are…

Increasing Viral Hepatitis Awareness & Capacity among Nurses in AIDS Care

Corinna Dan

Recognizing the importance of building and maintaining a healthcare workforce prepared to prevent, diagnose and treat viral hepatitis, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) leadership advocates for ongoing viral hepatitis training and capacity building among their members. I recently had the honor of presenting during the annual meeting of these important allies in…

EEOC Issues Publications on the Rights of Job Applicants and Employees Who Have HIV Infection

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User-Friendly Documents for Doctors and Individuals Living With HIV Infection Explain Workplace Protections Under the Americans with Disabilities Act WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued two documents addressing workplace rights for individuals with HIV infection under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including the right to be free…

Criteria Published for Research into Organ Transplantation from One Person with HIV to Another

Ronald Valdiserri

Federal partners recently took two important steps that will allow scientists to carry out research on organ donations from HIV-positive donors into HIV-positive recipients as authorized by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act. As required under the Act, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have each…

Eradicating Discrimination Against People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Courtesy of Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division “The Department of Justice is firmly committed to eradicating discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.  Such discrimination compromises our defining values, violates our founding ideals, and has a profound and deeply unfair impact on individuals who need and deserve our…

Remembering the Lessons of HIV/AIDS

Ronald Valdiserri

As some readers of this blog may already know, at the end of next month I will retire from the federal government after 27 years of service. I don’t plan to leave the field of public health; I’m just changing it up with a move to join the faculty of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…