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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…

New Video: How Enrollment Assisters Can Help People Living with HIV Find Affordable Coverage

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Enrollment assisters — also known as navigators and certified application counselors — play an essential role in helping people living with HIV find an affordable health plan that best covers their needs. During 2016 Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace (which runs through January 31, 2016), assisters will walk people through the detailed application…

Hepatitis C Initiative in Ryan White Clinics—Findings from a Special Program of National Significance

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) presented findings and lessons from a four-year demonstration project that supported 29 organizations implementing focused interventions designed to increase access to and completion of hepatitis C (HCV) treatment for people also living with HIV at ID Week, a leading forum for sharing infectious disease research and practice. The…

2016 Open Enrollment: Tips for Consumers to Get Covered and Stay Covered

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Editor’s Note: From HRSA’s ACE TA Center, here are tips and resources for the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment period starting Nov 1.  The third Open Enrollment period for Marketplace health coverage begins on November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. What do consumers need to do to get covered and stay covered?…

HHS awards $2.2 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that more than $2.2 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants was awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2015 to cities, states and local community-based organizations. This funding supports a coordinated and comprehensive system of care to ensure that more than half a million people living…

Every Dose, Every Day (TM): New Tool to Improve Medication Adherence

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Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control has developed a new digital toolkit to promote medical adherence. This online resource includes a mobile app and can be used by providers as well as people living with HIV. CDC recently published the Every Dose, Every DayTM toolkit online. This toolkit offers assistance to both health care…