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NBHAAD 2018: Taking the HIV/AIDS Fight to the Future

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In order for a movement to endure, there must be a plan for the future. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Feb. 7, 2018, is a great time to assess the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America and plan a forward-thinking response. This year, the Black AIDS Institute is celebrating the day …

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NIH Begins Large HIV Treatment Study in Pregnant Women

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The National Institutes of Health has launched a large international study to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV and the safety of these regimens for their infants. The study will evaluate the current preferred first-line regimen for pregnant women recommended by the World Health Organization …

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In Battleground Races, Health Care Lags As Hot-Button Issue, Poll Finds

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As the midterm elections approach, health care ranks as the top issue, mentioned more frequently among voters nationwide than among those living in areas with competitive races, a new poll finds. In areas with competitive congressional or gubernatorial races, the economy and jobs ranked as the top issue for candidates to discuss, with 34 percent …

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VIDEO: Women of Color Set Their Focus on Voting Rights at Women’s March Anniversary Events

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A year after the inaugural Women’s March, millions of protestors gathered in cities around the world to protest the Trump presidency, misogyny and racism. With an eye to the 2018 midterm elections, organizers used the anniversary to kick off “Power to the Polls,” a national voter registration and get-out-the vote effort that will target swing states. Organizers also …

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In This Issue

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In this issue, we report on the Black AIDS Institute’s December Brown Bag Lunch Webinar about emotional intelligence and the impact that capacity has upon organizational effectiveness. Next, our friends at Kaiser Health News write about Aetna’s recent decision to settle a lawsuit for a data breach that compromised the privacy of some customers living …

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Brown Bag Lunch Webinar: The Enduring Impact of Emotional Intelligence

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Community-based organizations (CBOs) are looked to by many as a source of emotional support. But if their staffs don’t have emotional intelligence—the ability to recognize, support and affirm one’s own emotions and the emotions of others—CBOs are not only likely to ineffective but could also create harm for their clients. At a Brown Bag Lunch …

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It’s In The Mail: Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout In HIV Privacy Breach

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Aetna settled a lawsuit for $17 million Wednesday over a data breach that happened in the summer of 2017. The privacy of as many as 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised in a very low-tech way: The fact that they had been taking HIV drugs was revealed through the clear window of the envelope. “I was …

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Building Digital Content for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2018

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The HIV community is rapidly approaching the February 7th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).To help our readers flesh out their NBHAAD related social media content, here’s a few resources to weave into your tweets, posts, and online content. The theme, the hashtag  The Strategic Leadership Council  (the community lead for NBHAAD) …

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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

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A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. President Donald Trump signed the bill Monday evening. The CHIP program, which provides coverage to …

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New Report: In 2017, Congress and Administration Sparked Unprecedented Backlash Across the Country

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Washington D.C. – The first year of the 115th Congress and the Trump-Pence administration inspired a historic backlash across the country, according to a new report released today by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The report, entitled “State of Women’s Health Policy,” details how each branch of government’s protracted focus …

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In This Issue

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If there have not been enough wake-up calls over the last year, the recent government shutdown by President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate, using Dreamers and CHIP recipients as pawns, should be enough to alarm all Americans. The consequences of this political gamesmanship to reward the wealthiest of Americans at the expense of the rest …

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How to Turn Back the Threat of HCV

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Although Black Americans are making gains in the fight against HIV, we are not doing nearly as well when it comes to hepatitis. That was the message conveyed at a Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in October 2017. New infections of the most common type of hepatitis, the hepatitis C …

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HUD Awards $37 Million to Renew Support to 32 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

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In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $37 million to assist more than 4,000 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of 32 local …

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Trump’s Work-For-Medicaid Rule Puts Work On States’ Shoulders

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The Trump administration’s watershed decision to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked widespread criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups. Conservatives, however, hailed the change to the federal-state program for low-income people. Stephen Miller, the Medicaid commissioner for Kentucky, which received authority Friday …

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A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality

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Over the past few months, medical professionals on Chicago’s South Side have been trying a new tactic to bring down the area’s infant mortality rate: find women of childbearing age and ask them about everything. Really, everything. “In the last 12 months, have you had any problems with any bug infestations, rodents or mold?” Dr. …

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Black AIDS Institute Partners with USC and Full Frequency Media to Address the Alarming HIV/AIDS Rates Among Black Women in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2018– In commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7, 2018), the University of Southern California – Black Alumni Association and Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is partnering with the Black AIDS Institute and Full Frequency Media, to host a screening and …

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In This Issue

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This week we are commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the ways I commemorate Dr. King’s legacy is to think about the times we live in, and, given current events, wonder what Dr. King and other Black historical figures would think, say, or do! Maya Angelou, for example, said, when …

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Fighting Stigma, and Other Things My Ancestors Taught Me

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Last week, the President of the United States made racist comments about Black immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and the entire continent of Africa. Those words have been dissected and shamefully defended, but they happened in a wider context of stigma and anti-blackness. On Dec. 22, 2017, a report surfaced in The New York Times …

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Increase in Hepatitis C Infections Linked to Worsening Opioid Crisis

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Spike in new infections could have devastating long-term consequences New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the recent steep increase in cases of acute hepatitis C virus infection is associated with increases in opioid injection. The study examines data from CDC’s hepatitis surveillance system and from the Substance Abuse …

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Defending Against This Season’s Deadly Flu: 5 Things To Know Now

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The nation is having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad flu season. Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died from the infectious disease. In addition, states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related …

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Could Gene Therapy Someday Eliminate HIV?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests. The science centers around the use of “chimeric antigen receptor” (CAR) genes. In laboratory work with monkeys, these engineered cells have destroyed HIV-infected cells for more than two years, …

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Doing Less With Less: Mental Health Care in Mississippi

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A national recession. Years of state budgets cuts. It’s no surprise requests mental health resources for prisoners are routinely rejected. The state of mental health care in Mississippi has been in freefall for years. As a consequence of the ripple effects of the financial crisis, Mississippi saw its state support for mental health care slashed …

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In This Issue

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Black AIDS Weekly of 2018. There is so much going on it’s hard to know where to begin. First, over the holiday break and without explanation, the Trump administration fired all the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). To paraphrase the words of former …

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Black AIDS Institute Welcomes New Board Members

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The Black AIDS Institute has added two board members committed to improving health-care delivery systems in LGBTQ and underserved communities. David M. Cook, M.D. Dr. David M. Cook, senior vice president of value-based care and a health-care futurist at Novant Health, is joining the Black AIDS Institute’s board after working on HIV/AIDS preventive events with …

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Children’s Insurance, Other Health Programs Funded — For Now — In Bill

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The bill passed by Congress right before Christmas to keep most of the federal government funded for another month also provided a temporary reprieve to a number of health programs in danger of running out of money, most notably the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Funding for CHIP technically expired Oct. 1. States have …

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How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers

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A ProPublica analysis shows that women who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a higher risk of harm. NEW YORK — When Dacheca Fleurimond decided to give birth at SUNY Downstate Medical Center earlier this year, her sister tried to talk her out of it. Her sister had recently delivered at …

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Race, Age Bias Common in U.S. Medical Care: Survey NoneRace, Age Bias Common in U.S. Medical Care: Survey None

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  THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 20 percent of older people who’ve sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports. Racial discrimination was the most common kind, but the study also revealed discrimination based on ancestry, gender, age, religion, weight or physical …

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The New Normal: White Supremacists Remove Their Hoods

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Have we hit rock bottom yet? We made it through 2017! But sometimes, it looked like we wouldn’t survive a year that seemed intent on shaking up the status quo. Following President Donald Trump’s election win, White supremacists everywhere removed their hoods, unafraid to publically spout their views. In this installment of The New Normal, …

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In This Issue

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As we wrap up 2017, it would be an understatement to say that this has been a very difficult year of uncertainty for poor people, Black people and other people of color, people living with HIV/AIDS and/or in need of healthcare, and maybe our democracy as a whole. Today, the US Congress is poised to …

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Fighting the Toll of STIs in Black Communities

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While sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for all, statistics show that Black people are particularly at risk. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in November 2017 highlighted some structural, community and individual interventions that can make a difference. There are three basic types of STIs: Viral STIs are …

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Not-So-Happy New Year: Alabama Set To Toss Kids Off Insurance Plan Starting Jan. 1

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Citing Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Alabama plans to drop 7,000 kids from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, state officials said Monday. Those children, who are up for their yearly renewal in January, will not be allowed to continue …

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BTAN Birmingham Partners With Magic City Football Classic

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For anyone who is an avid follower of college football, the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Ala., is not to be missed. The Classic is more than just a game. For 76 years it has been a state-treasured tradition. Each October, in-state rivals Alabama State University (ASU) and Alabama A&M University (AAMU) square off on …

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Tiny Opioid Victims: Addicted Moms-to-Be Transmit Hepatitis C

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More fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic: Wisconsin has seen a near doubling of women on Medicaid who have the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in pregnancy. In turn, this has fueled a rise in babies born with the dangerous infection. Widespread injection drug use has triggered rapid increases of hepatitis C infections among young adults …

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In This Issue

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Friday is the final day that you can buy health insurance on the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov. Please make sure to purchase your health insurance today. We strongly urge you not wait until Thursday or Friday, when the website may be jammed and unresponsive. In this issue, we run two pieces from our friends at Kaiser …

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 ‘I’ve Never Been This Busy’: As Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

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When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to …

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Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?

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Enrollment 2018 When one of Cindy Holtzman’s clients told the Woodstock, Ga., broker he was considering dropping his Affordable Care Act plan because next year’s cost approached $23,000 for his family of four, she suggested a new option: a back-to-back set of four, 90-day short-term plans, which would effectively give them a modicum of medical …

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Texans With HIV Cope With Homes And Medicines Ruined By Hurricane Harvey

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Angelia Soloman watched out the window of her ranch house in northeastern Houston as the floodwaters rose up to the windowsills. She huddled inside with her three adopted children (ages 12 to 15), a nephew and her 68-year-old mother. “They were looking and crying, like, ‘We’re gonna lose everything,’” said Soloman. “And I’m like, ‘No, …

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States — And 9M Kids — ‘In A Bind’ As Congress Dawdles On CHIP Funding

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Last week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children’s Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage. Nearly 9 million children are insured through CHIP, which covers mostly working-class families. The program has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, but Congress let federal funding …

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FDA Approves First Two-Drug Regimen for Certain Patients with HIV

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Director’s Note from Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy: This news from FDA last week is important since it provides an additional treatment option for many people living with HIV. Even with more than 40 FDA-approved HIV medications, there remains a need for continued research into improved HIV treatment …

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In This Issue

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In the middle of the night, under cover of darkness, Republicans in the U.S. senate approved a disastrous tax bill, crafted in secret back rooms that will give large tax cuts to the wealthiest of Americans, like Donald Trump and his family; ballooned the national deficit, threatened health care coverage for 13 million men, women, …

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New Online Tool Helps PrEP Users Assess Marketplace Coverage Options

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To help individuals using PrEP who are also seeking to get or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period, NASTAD recently launched PrEPcost.org . The site is an online health plan finder that helps PrEP users or navigators identify and compare access to PrEP in Marketplace coverage options. PrEP, …

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Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

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Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage. But experts and regulators warn consumers to be cautious — and are raising red flags about one set of limited benefit …

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Coming Out. Coming In. Always in a State of Becoming

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The question to the room was, “Can coming out be a good thing?” in reference to one’s HIV status or identity. I cleared my throat and readied my answer, but then the moderator stated, “We are out of time!” The delay created an opportunity for me to gather my thoughts about this topic, which is …

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HIV Negative: Last Tested on [Enter Date Here]

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“You’re only as negative as your last negative HIV test.” That was something I often said to the people I counseled as an HIV tester. Receiving the result of an HIV test is an incredibly powerful piece of information that gives each of us the ability to take control of our health and our future. …

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Blacks, Elderly Missing From U.S. Cancer Clinical Trials

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Four out of five participants in cancer clinical trials are white, a discrepancy that calls into question whether other races and ethnicities are receiving good cancer treatment, researchers say. Women and the elderly also are underrepresented in clinical trials, according to the new findings. Prior studies have shown that the effectiveness of cancer treatment can …

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In This Issue

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There are so many things going on in our world right now. Today is #GivingTuesday, so, of course, the BAI needs your help. We are launching a new campaign to help our friends to support the work that we do. The campaign is called “30 Days of Giving: 3 Ways to Give”. In the campaign …

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About A Third Of Americans Unaware Of Obamacare Open Enrollment

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While the Affordable Care Act’s fifth open enrollment season is off to a surprisingly good start, many uninsured people said they weren’t even aware of it, according to a survey released Friday. Nearly a third of people overall — including a third of people without health insurance — said they had not heard anything about the …

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People Don’t Fear HIV; They Fear the Stigma Behind It

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One in a series of stories written by the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS Social Media Fellows. You sit in the cold, hard, metal chair fidgeting with your thumbs, heart racing nonstop because you aren’t sure. You recall all of the times you engaged in unsafe sexual practices over the last three to six months. …

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10 Things to Know About HIV Suppression

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Development of antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV has turned what was once an almost always fatal infection into a manageable chronic condition. Daily antiretroviral therapy can reduce the amount of HIV in the blood to levels that are undetectable with standard tests. Staying on treatment is crucial to keep the virus suppressed. NIAID-supported research has …

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