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SAMHSA Announces Availability of $33M to Integrate HIV Services into Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Programs for Women

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Editor’s Note: This announcement previously stated a funding amount of $11 million. It has been revised upon SAMHSA’s corrected funding availability of $33 million. Please see the below press release for more details.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…

March 20 is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

New Media | March 18, 2016 Read the full post
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Cross-posted from IHS Newsroom

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing and awareness in Native communities. March 20, 2016 marks the 10th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is “Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting Bold…

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

Research | March 17, 2016 Read the full post
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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…

HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

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Cross-posted from HHS Newsroom

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance…

“It is Possible to Dream”

Global | March 16, 2016 Read the full post
Teresa Mbalane, who has been receiving HIV treatment since 2004, with CDC Mozambique Director Edgar Monterroso. Teresa receives treatment via PEPFAR funding distributed by CDC Mozambique to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Cross-posted from HHS Blog

Summary: Teresa inspires and mobilizes people living with HIV and their families to live positively by sharing her story. “Today, it is possible to dream—when we thought that life was over,” says Teresa Joaquim Mbalane, a 50-year-old mother of four…

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

Research | March 15, 2016 Read the full post
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Cross-posted from NIAID Newsroom

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…

Virtual Office Hours: Engaging youth on social media

New Media | March 15, 2016 Read the full post
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Editor’s note: AIDS.gov’s Virtual Office Hours offers free, personalized training sessions to organizations and individuals serving those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Today’s blog features Love Heals’ Executive Director, Deborah Levine, who attended a Virtual Office Hours session to expand their youth…

Words Matter: Communicating to End HIV-Related Stigma

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Words matter. They can motivate, empower, and lift people up. They can also do a great deal of damage and tear people down. I was reminded of this in many different ways at the meeting on HIV stigma that the…