Partner Spotlight: Three examples…

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Every month, 700 million people around the world sign in to Instagram and 80% of them follow at least one business or organization. These data make Instagram one more reason our mobile phones have become an incredibly powerful tool for reaching, informing, and motivating people with HIV messages. There are a lot of national and community HIV organizations using …

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President Trump Continues PACHA

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In an Executive Order issued on Friday, September 29, 2017, President Donald Trump continued a number of existing advisory committees whose operating authorities were set to expire, including the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The Executive Order continued 32 advisory committees that span a range of issues until September 30, 2019. Read the Presidential Executive …

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Beginning this week the Black AIDS Institute will provide a countdown until the federal health-insurance marketplace, Healthcare.gov, begins open enrollment so people can obtain insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. There are 22 days until November 1, the first day of open enrollment. As many of you already know, in the …

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Latest Snag In ACA Sign-Ups: Those Who Guide Consumers Are Hitting Roadblocks

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While health care uncertainty roils Washington, the rest of the country is coasting toward Obamacare season. Open enrollment is just about a month away. But the current landscape is marked by funding cuts and other White House efforts to pull back on Affordable Care Act outreach, which has led some people to brace for what they foresee as the …

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In Conversations About Access, Blackness Must Be Centered

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One in a series of stories written by the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS Social Media Fellows. I remember my first time being confronted with complicity within the non-profit-industrial complex. I’d left a meeting feeling triggered, as I had other times. It had been a meeting to listen to ways that we could “find” HIV-positive …

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The HIV Treatment Cascade: The Key to Better Care

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Educating as many people as possible about HIV/AIDS is critical. However, in order for us to reach the end of the epidemic, every person must ultimately be willing and able to get the medical care that he or she needs. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute and Gilead Sciences in …

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New HIV Diagnoses: Large Improvements In Some Groups Overshadow Results for People and Places Being Left Behind

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New HIV diagnoses are on the decline in the United States. Our previous blog in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) Indicator series showed that from 2010 to 2014 there was nearly a 7% decline in new diagnoses. Further, in 2014, we met the annual NHAS target for reducing new HIV diagnoses overall. Taking a deeper look, we …

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We begin this issue expressing our concern for residents of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and our other friends in the Caribbean who are trying to recover from Hurricane Maria, as well as our condolences to the families and people whose lives are forever altered by gun violence, including recently in Las Vegas. Last …

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Solange Knowles: A Personal Crusade Fueled by Art

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For Solange Knowles, the fight against HIV/AIDS is personal. “My uncle was actually HIV positive and passed away from AIDS when I was about 9 years old,” the Grammy Award-winning singer once told POZ magazine. “You have to be more afraid of the disease than afraid to talk about it.” So it’s no surprise that Knowles has …

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Criminalization and HIV: A Double-Edged Sword

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It is common knowledge that Black people in the United States are more likely to be incarcerated than other populations. For people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and those focused on fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, incarceration poses even more challenges. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar was held by the Black AIDS Institute in August 2017 to …

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Is Anybody Home at HUD?

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In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of housing and urban development in the final two years of the George W. Bush administration, organized a dinner at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., for the new chief of that department, Ben Carson, and five other former secretaries whose joint tenure stretched all the …

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Like Freddie Kruger, Republican efforts to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans just won’t die. To quote Peter Benchley, screenwriter of the blockbuster movie Jaws, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water,” Republicans in the U.S. Senate have introduced a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), …

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The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

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This personal essay won first place in the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS Social Media Fellowship content competition. Bold, resilient, elegant, resourceful, triumphant and vibrant are all words I think of when I imagine the lotus flower. To the world the lotus flower symbolizes a number of characteristics, like strength and endurance. However, we rarely …

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2017 USCA Social Media Fellows Compete in Social Media Content-Producing Contest

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Jourdan Barnes, a community-engagement specialist at the Louisiana Office of Public Health and STD/HIV Program, wrote a personal essay that won first place in the content-creation contest cellowship, which took place Sept. 5-10, 2017, in Washington, D.C. David Armstead, an HIV program monitor who also works with the Louisiana Office of Public Health and STD/HIV …

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Conversations with Federal HIV Leaders from the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS [video]

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HIV.gov shared two more updates via Facebook Live from the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Washington, DC, on Saturday, September 9, 2017. They both featured Federal HIV leaders who addressed conference participants. https://youtu.be/lN27-krVXFs https://youtu.be/n2Aumj4HrLc First we heard from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, who spoke with his colleague …

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New HIV Diagnoses are on the Decline

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How do we know our national efforts to fight HIV are working? One of the best measures for answering this question is the annual number of new HIV diagnoses, which provides a proxy for new HIV infections when interpreted along with other data. (NHAS) sets our target for reducing the number of new diagnoses by …

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Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%

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Three years after the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion took effect, the number of Americans without health insurance fell to 28.1 million in 2016, down from 29 million in 2015, according to a federal report released Tuesday. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau showed the nation’s uninsured rate dropped to 8.8 percent. It had been …

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Only weeks after the Republican Senate leadership failed to muster enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), Republicans are at it again. Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are hoping to rush a new bill to the floor that would gut the ACA’s expanded coverage and consumer protections. The Graham-Cassidy …

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Drug combination reduces risk of HIV infection among teen males

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A National Institutes of Health network study has confirmed that a combination of two drugs taken daily to reduce the chances of HIV infection among high-risk adults also works well and appears safe in males ages 15 to 17 years. Truvada, a single pill containing the drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine (TDF/FTC), is currently approved for …

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Live from the 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS – Conversations on HIV-related Stigma and Curing HCV Coinfection [video]

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The 2017 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened today in Washington, DC, gathering over 3,000 community leaders and HIV advocates to learn the latest information and build skills to provide effective HIV prevention and treatment services across the nation. To give you a taste of the conference, we had the opportunity to share via Facebook …

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Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana

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Several weeks before President Donald Trump nominated Indiana’s state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. surgeon general, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light detox center in Indianapolis, the only treatment facility in the state for people without insurance. Adams’ supporters say the visit is an example of how he has prioritized the opioid …

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5 Governors Press Congress For Fast Bucks To Secure Obamacare Market In 2018

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The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee wants to turn the page on the divisive health debate of this summer. He’s been working with the panel’s top Democrat, Patty Murray (D-Wash.), to craft a bipartisan bill aimed at shoring up the individual health insurance market. Alexander has been looking at …

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With Hurricane Irma works its way from the Florida Coastline and into Georgia and Alabama, after hammering several islands in the Caribbean, and as recovery efforts are struggling to get started in Houston, our thoughts and our prayers are with our friends, family and loved ones in the Caribbean, Houston, and Florida. The images of …

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Gina Brown: Making Space for the Next Woman

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals and organizations that, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. Gina Brown considers it an honor to be …

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Gina Belafonte and Sankofa: Relating Human Rights to Healthy Lives

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals and organizations that, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. As the youngest child of Harry and Julie …

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SMAIF in Action: Health Models Program Removes Barriers to Successful HIV Treatment

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President Donald Trump has insisted for months that “Obamacare is already dead.” His administration matched its harsh words with damaging action on Thursday — slashing millions of dollars from the government’s budget to promote the health law’s annual open enrollment season beginning in two months. The move is likely to translate into reduced marketing and …

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Trump Administration Whacks Millions From Budget Used To Push Obamacare

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President Donald Trump has insisted for months that “Obamacare is already dead.” His administration matched its harsh words with damaging action on Thursday — slashing millions of dollars from the government’s budget to promote the health law’s annual open enrollment season beginning in two months. The move is likely to translate into reduced marketing and …

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Offshore Human Testing Of Herpes Vaccine Stokes Debate Over U.S. Safety Rules

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WASHINGTON — Defying U.S. safety protections for human trials, an American university and a group of wealthy libertarians, including a prominent Donald Trump supporter, are backing the offshore testing of an experimental herpes vaccine. The American businessmen, including Trump adviser Peter Thiel, invested $7 million in the ongoing vaccine research, according to the U.S. company …

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This week, we continue our series profiling the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration awardees. We highlight the work of Alfre Woodard—from her award-winning career to her groundbreaking work as an HIV/AIDS activist and founder of Artists for a New South Africa. We are also thrilled to showcase Ledisi in …

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Alfre Woodard: Lifting the Burden and Carrying on the Work

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. To say that Alfre Woodard is a prolific actress is …

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Singer-Songwriter Ledisi to Headline the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Awards Gala

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Once you have experienced the stirring vocals of Ledisi, you don’t soon forget. The singer-songwriter and New Orleans native …

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Planned Parenthood and Black AIDS Institute Announce Program to Expand Comprehensive HIV Prevention Services at Health Centers Across the Country

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NEW YORK— Planned Parenthood announced a multi-phase pilot program to build and expand its comprehensive HIV prevention and education efforts. Gilead Sciences, Inc, a research-based biopharmaceutical company, awarded the $900,000 grant to support and expand efforts of HIV prevention and education, including the integration of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness, at Planned Parenthood affiliate health centers …

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New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program National Curriculum: HIV/HCV Co-infection

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A new, free, online curriculum offers healthcare providers and health profession educators training on HIV/Hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center developed the evidence-based curriculum. National HIV experts and staff …

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Will GOP Pay A Price For Trying To Take Health Care Benefits From Voters?

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Tricia Petrucci hasn’t quite reached the point where she regrets her vote for President Donald Trump. It would be understandable if she did, because Trump — and her senator, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — are trying to curb the medical services that sustain her 11-year-old stepson, who battles severe cerebral palsy. She is …

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Do Blacks, Hispanics Get Low Quality Hospice Care?

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Hospice quality varies, with blacks and Hispanics often getting less desirable end-of-life care, a  new study finds. Researchers surveyed thousands of caregivers whose loved ones died in hospice care. They found that minority patients were more likely to receive care in poorer quality hospices than white patients. They also said that family caregivers of black …

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This week, we continue our series on the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration awardees. We profile Laverne Cox this week, covering her ongoing advocacy in both the transgender-rights and HIV/AIDS movements. We are thrilled to honor Laverne at the Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration on September …

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Heroes in the Struggle: Laverne Cox

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. Most people know Laverne Cox from her groundbreaking debut playing …

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Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana

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Several weeks before President Donald Trump nominated Indiana’s state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. surgeon general, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light detox center in Indianapolis, the only treatment facility in the state for people without insurance. Adams’ supporters say the visit is an example of how he has prioritized the opioid …

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Often Missing In The Health Care Debate: Women’s Voices

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Women, in particular, have a lot at stake in the fight over the future of health care. Not only do many depend on insurance coverage for maternity care and contraception, they are struck more often by such diseases as autoimmune conditions, osteoporosis, breast cancer and depression. They are more likely to be poor and depend on …

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‘Simple 7’ Steps Can Help Improve Blood Pressure in Blacks

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Just a few healthy lifestyle habits can reduce black Americans’ risk of high blood pressure, researchers say. “We found that even small improvements in cardiovascular health can reduce risk for developing high blood pressure,” said study lead author John Booth III, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nearly one-third of American adults have high …

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This week, we continue our series on the Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration awardees. Here, Board first vice chair and actor Vanessa Williams tells us why she is committed to leveraging her celebrity to encourage African Americans to learn more about HIV and AIDS and to encourage more people …

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Vanessa Williams: Committed to Seeing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Its End

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The Black AIDS Institute’s Heroes in the Struggle Gala and Award Celebration honors, in a star-studded event and photographic tribute, individuals who, over the past year, have made a heroic contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Below, one in a series profiling the 2017 honorees. There are two things actress Vanessa Williams is passionate about: …

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Researchers Continue to Pave the Way for an HIV Cure

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Today the world is closer to a cure for HIV/AIDS than ever before. But what does that really mean? A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar was held by the Black AIDS Institute in June 2017 to answer that question and give an overview of how close researchers are to putting an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic …

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Americans Eager For Leaders To Cooperate To Make Health Law Work

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Move on. That’s what most people say Congress and the Trump administration should do after the Senate failed to approve legislation in July to revamp the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey this month. Nearly 8 in 10 Americans say President Donald Trump should be trying to make the health law work, according to poll conducted …

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Only About One-Third of Americans Use Condoms: CDC

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Condoms can help prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but only about a third of Americans use them, a new federal report shows. “The use of condoms is a public health issue,” said report author Casey Copen, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for …

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