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Appreciating Dr. Jack Whitescarver’s Many Contributions to HIV/AIDS Research

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At the end of this month, we bid a fond farewell to a colleague who has played a key role in leading Federal research efforts in response to HIV/AIDS since the earliest days of the epidemic. As NIH previously announced, on July 1, 2015, Dr. Jack Whitescarver is retiring and stepping down as NIH’s Associate…

Invest In Your “Healthy Self” (and Post a #HealthySelfie While You’re At It)

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Today, the Obama administration is launching the “Healthy Self” campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. But first let us tell you about Alicia. A wife and mother of two from Houston, Alicia knows how important her health is, not only for her, but for the people…

International Study Demonstrates Benefits of Early HIV Treatment

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The question of when to initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART) during the course of HIV infection has been debated for years, yet a conclusive answer has remained elusive. For HIV-infected individuals the primary question was whether to start ART early, risking possible cumulative drug toxicities, potential viral resistance, and difficulties with long-term adherence, or to defer…

I’m the New CTO of HHS

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When I left the Pew Research Center to advise companies and organizations that share my vision for health care, I thought life couldn’t get better. First and foremost, it has been an honor to be the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation . Every day I spent at the Foundation was a good…

Starting antiretroviral treatment early improves outcomes for HIV-infected individuals

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 NIH-funded trial results likely will impact global treatment guidelines A major international randomized clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune…

National Hepatitis Testing Day: Ask the Expert, Corinna Dan

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National Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States is part of an educational initiative of CDC’s Division of  Viral Hepatitis and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, Updated 2014-2016 . Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., is…

About 137 million individuals with private insurance are guaranteed access to free preventive services

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Nationwide, about 137 million individuals, including 55 million women and 28 million children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended…

HOPE Act to facilitate organ recovery from HIV-positive donors

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In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will amend the OPTN Final Rule (42 CFR Part 121) to allow the recovery of transplantable organs from HIV-positive donors. This is a milestone in support of the federal HIV Organ Policy Equity…