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Natural Disasters and People Living with HIV and AIDS

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Hurricane Isaac’s impact on the Gulf Coast last week, ongoing forest fires in several Western states, and today’s earthquake in Costa Rica are all reminders of the importance of disaster preparedness, especially for people living with HIV/AIDS. In recognition of September’s observance of National Preparedness Month, we’re re-posting this blog entry from May 2011. Read…

Indian Health Service at the AIDS 2012 Conference

Indian Helath Service

As the Indian Health Service (IHS) prepares to participate in the AIDS 2012  conference later this week, I am reminded of both the mission of the Indian Health Service and the importance of collaboration with our partners within the HIV community. The IHS is fully committed to helping our nation move toward an AIDS- free…

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Let's Stop HIV

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched today a new national HIV awareness campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together.  The nationwide campaign takes aim at the stigma and complacency fueling the HIV epidemic in the United States. Research shows that while most Americans understand…

First Glimpse of The AIDS Memorial Quilt In Washington This Week

AIDS Memorial Quilt Logo

It’s hard to believe that what started with a single panel has now grown to become the world’s largest work of living folk art, now 48,000 panels and counting. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is now an enormous 1.3 million square feet (50 miles) and 54 tons, making it no longer possible to display in a…

Health Care Providers Settle with Justice Department Over Complaints of HIV Discrimination

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a leadership role in fighting discrimination against people who are living with HIV or AIDS. It addresses this responsibility through outreach and enforcement of Federal laws. For example, DOJ enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that protects individuals living with HIV or AIDS from discrimination. The ADA…

Tobacco Use Critical Issue for People with HIV

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Today, we join the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognizing World No Tobacco Day and the global devastation caused by tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, including 600,000 from secondhand smoke. If current trends continue, tobacco use will…

The Impact of Missed Health Care Visits on HIV Outcomes and Mortality

Michael Holberg and Ron Valdiserri

At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) [external disclaimer] this week, Dr. Ron Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health for Infectious Diseases, spoke with Dr. Michael Horberg, Director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente and a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). They discussed the paper Dr. Horberg is presenting…

The Affordable Care Act and People Living with HIV/AIDS

How does the Affordable Care Act Help People Living with HIV/AIDS?

One of the questions I get frequently is “how is the Affordable Care Act (the health care law of 2010) helping people living with HIV/AIDS?” The short answer is: in many ways. The detailed answer is more complex, but also much more exciting. To provide a more comprehensive answer to this important inquiry, we recently…