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Viral Suppression: The Struggle is Real

Rich Wolitski - Headshot - no jacket not smiling - cropped June 2016

Recently, I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about the importance of viral suppression. For people living with HIV, getting the virus under control is the most important thing we can do. It’s the key to our own survival, reducing deaths, and preventing new infections. Viral suppression reflects not only the quality of medical care,…

CMS, CDC, & HRSA Launch HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group for State Medicaid Programs

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This week the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the launch of a new joint initiative: the HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group [PDF 91 KB]. The HIV Health Improvement Affinity Group will bring together state public health…

CROI 2016 Plenary Session on HIV in Transgender Populations (Video)

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston last month featured a first-ever plenary session on HIV in transgender populations by Dr. Tonia C. Poteat. I had the chance to visit with her following her presentation. I encourage you to watch Dr. Poteat’s plenary address at CROI. Dr. Poteat, an Assistant Professor…

NIAID to Fund Further Study of Dapivirine Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention Investment in HOPE Trial Augments Development of Next-Generation Prevention Tools

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced today that it would move forward with an open-label extension study of an HIV prevention tool for women: a silicone ring that continuously releases the experimental antiretroviral drug dapivirine in the vagina. The new study builds on…

VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

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Expanded funding now allows VA to provide increased drug therapy at VA facilities nationwide The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is now able to fund care for all Veterans with hepatitis C for Fiscal Year 2016 regardless of the stage of the patient’s liver disease. The move follows increased funding from…

HRSA Recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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On March 10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will join millions of people across the country to commemorate the 11th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This observance highlights the impact of HIV and AIDS on this population and raises public awareness about the challenges women and girls face when accessing…

Digital Communication: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016

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A Pew Research Center report notes that women continue to use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest more than men do. As we prepare to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on  March 10, here are some resources to that you can share across each of these platforms. Use #NWGHAAD and join the conversation…

XOXO: Put Your #BestDefense Into Play

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Editor’s Note: As we lead up to this week’s observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, here are HIV prevention tips and resources from the Office on Women’s Health.  Ever heard the phrase “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense”? Sure, it’s generally a sports phrase, but why can’t it apply to sex,…