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Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in Large Multinational Trial

Research | February 22, 2016 Read the full post
Woman holding the dapivirine vaginal ring tested in the NIH-funded ASPIRE study.
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Cross-posted from NIAID News

NIH-Funded Study Finds Protective Effect Strongest in Women over Age 25 A ring that continuously releases an experimental antiretroviral drug in the vagina safely provided a modest level of protection against HIV infection in women, a large clinical trial in…

Scientific Advances in HIV and HCV To Be Examined Next Week at CROI 2016

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The 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) takes place next week in Boston, and AIDS.gov will be there. This annual scientific meeting brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest…

No health coverage in 2015? Find out if you have to pay a fee.

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Cross-posted from HealthCare.gov Blog

Most people who didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2015 must either pay a fee or get a “health coverage exemption.” Exemptions are available based on a number of circumstances, like certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in…

Improving Access to Mental Health Services

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Cross-posted from HHS Blog

Editor’s Note: Mental health and substance use disorders can put individuals at greater risk for HIV infection and, for those living with HIV, can make engagement in HIV care and adherence to treatment more challenging. Visit our HIV/AIDS Basics page…

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with…

Tweeting for Heart Health

New Media | February 16, 2016 Read the full post
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Today we highlight a Twitter chat that will focus on an area of concern in the HIV community: cardiovascular health. That chat will take place at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Prior studies have shown that HIV-infected…

5 Things to Know About Instagram

New Media | February 16, 2016 Read the full post
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With a community of over 400 million monthly active users, Instagram  is one of the fastest growing photo-and video-sharing social media platforms. Between 2012–2015, Instagram’s usage doubled to include 28% of online adults (Pew Research Center, 2015). Users share nearly…

HepCure: Free Hepatitis C App Available for Patients and Providers to Connect and Cure

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half of all people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. are unaware of their infection and only 9% have been successfully treated and cured, despite the availability of…