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PACHA Passes Two Spirit and Transgender Resolutions and Discusses the Stigma Index

Ejay Jack

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) met in Washington, D.C. on February 7 – 8, 2013 to discuss a range of issues that impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentations also included the following topics: understanding the epidemic in the transgender and Two Spirit communities; the criminalization of HIV/AIDS, high impact prevention; and the Stigma Index…

Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Enhanced HIV/AIDS Information on Benefits.gov

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As part of our continuing efforts to pursue the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s (NHAS) call for a more coordinated response to the epidemic in the United States, Federal agencies recently completed a review and update to the HIV/AIDS information available on Benefits.gov. The mission of Benefits.gov is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with…

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Releases Preliminary Data on the Continuum of HIV Care among Ryan White Clients at CROI 2013

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New data shows that the majority of patients receiving medical care funded by the Federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RW) are virally suppressed. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) presented the data on the continuum of HIV care in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and…

Justice Department Settles Three HIV Discrimination Cases

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As part of its Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached three settlements addressing HIV discrimination by medical providers over the past three weeks. Each of the settlements was reached under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities—including persons with HIV disease—in public…

Part II: Using Video to Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

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Today we call our readers attention to three new videos released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HIV Among African Americans  discusses the impact of HIV on African Americans and what actions can be taken to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Factors Driving the HIV Epidemic Among African Americans  highlights social factors—often…

Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today is the 13th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In Black America, HIV continues to be a crisis.  African Americans account for half of the 1 million plus Americans living with HIV, nearly half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, and half of all those who die from…

Chatting on Twitter for NBHAAD

Wayne Duffus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, will be hosting a Twitter event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, at 2pm ET, to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which takes place annually on February 7. Twitter events give us an opportunity to connect with people across the country and in…