HIV & Women, Adolescence through Menopause,13-14 January 2014

We are pleased to update you on the 4th International Workshop on HIV & Women, from Adolescence through Menopause, in the Westin Georgetown in Washington DC, USA on 13-14 January 2014. Women and HIV is a very complex field of research. Whereas there are many conferences worldwide to discuss the various aspects of HIV treatment, this conference is the only international platform where the specific aspects for treatment of HIV infected women are discussed. The fourth edition of the event in … [Read more...]

World Hepatitis Day Statement

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY STATEMENT HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh On World Hepatitis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to combating the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Globally, one in 12 people has chronic hepatitis B or C infection. About 1 million people die each year from chronic viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States and worldwide. And while it is the most common blood-borne … [Read more...]

World Hepatitis Day on July 28 – RSS feed now available

As we prepare to observe World Hepatitis Day on July 28, we we’d like to announce a new resource here on the blog: we’ve made available an RSS feed of all the posts about viral hepatitis. You can find it at this address: HERE. “RSS” stands for “Real Simple Syndication.” RSS feeds are a way for websites to distribute their content to people automatically. You can read more about them on this AIDS.gov new media tools page. Using this new RSS feed, you’ll get the latest blog posts from … [Read more...]

HEPATITIS ACTION PLAN CELEBRATES 2ND

This month marks the 2nd Anniversary of Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis – and over the past two years, with your support, we have been able to achieve: Improved federal coordination and collaboration – The Action Plan has fostered enhanced engagement and unprecedented collaboration across federal government. To pursue the Action Plan’s goals, a working group comprised of representatives from the U.S. … [Read more...]

LATINOS rally for Hepatitis Day @ May 19 Get Tested!

During May’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, we also mark National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day (NHHAD). Both of these events highlight the importance of strengthening efforts to address hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among Latinos. NHHAD is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise awareness about viral hepatitis; promote hepatitis C testing, prevention and education; and bring attention to … [Read more...]

NAVIGATING HIV CARE: Webinar May 23, 2013

 Navigating HIV Care: Using Navigators, Linkage Specialists and Community Health Care Workers to Improve Health Outcomes. The webinar will take place MAY 23 from 2:00–3:30 p.m. (EDT). This event will offer an opportunity for participants to share and discuss best practices on steering HIV-positive patients/clients through stages of comprehensive care (e.g., health care, mental health, housing, and employment services) as a way of linking them to care and retaining them in … [Read more...]

Hepatitis Testing Day (2nd Annual) celebrated on May 19

May 1 marked the start of the month-long observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month. The observance is an important element of government-wide efforts to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and decrease health disparities by educating communities about the benefits of viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care, and treatment. Throughout the month of May, HHS and our partners who support the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis will be engaged in a variety of … [Read more...]

A step forward against HIV abuses | Jeffrey O’Malley

In a landmark but little noticed decision, a Namibian court ruled this week that state hospitals illegally sterilized three HIV-positive women. While the judge found no link to their HIV-positive status, his decision paves the way for legal action by other women who claim they were coerced into sterilization because they are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, as part of an effort to slow its spread in the southern African country. The women said they were given forms authorizing the … [Read more...]

Tribal HIV/STD training kit and guide – Clinical Information Toolbox

IHS announces tribal HIV/STD training kit and guide To help stop the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Indian Health Service (IHS) supported the development of a Tribal HIV/STD Training Kit and Policy Guide. The training kit gives tribes and tribal organizations information on how to work with tribal council members, school boards, health directors, and other partnering programs on ways to prevent the transmission of HIV and STDs.The training kit contains … [Read more...]

National HIV Testing Day – JUNE 27

With National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) approaching on June 27, our partners at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion(ODPHP) are putting the spotlight on HIV status awareness with an upcoming webinar and some new tools for community and public health partners. ODPHP, also located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, plays a vital role in developing and coordinating a wide range of national disease prevention and health promotion activities. Starting in January … [Read more...]

Viral Hepatitis Disparities Among African Americans

Reducing Viral Hepatitis Disparities Among African Americans   As we observe African American History Month, we are also working to raise awareness of the silent epidemic of viral hepatitis in the Black community. You may have seen the blog post earlier this month by my colleague Dr. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health. She highlighted some of the troubling viral hepatitis disparities in the African American community, recognizing the need for more … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Issues – Gender-Responsive National HIV/AIDS Programming for U.S. Women and Girls

A 'just-released special supplement' to the journal Women’s Health Issues provides in-depth information about gender-specific health considerations of U.S. women and girls in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and recommendations for national strategic programmatic improvements to meet their needs. The supplement grew out of a June 2010 forum, Bringing Gender Home: Implementing Gender-Responsive HIV/AIDS Programming for U.S. Women and Girls, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services … [Read more...]

NORD Foundation ~ October 2011

  October 2011 eNews Nearly 400 Participate in NORD Conference At the U.S. Conference on Rare Diseases and Orphan Products in Washington DC Oct. 11-13, NORD released a major new study documenting flexibility in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review of potential treatments for patients with rare diseases.  The study examined the approval of 135 non-cancer orphan drugs since 1983.  Read the report and NORD’s press release. Speakers Include NIH Director, Social … [Read more...]

World Hepatitis Day 2011 – Whitehouse commemorates first Official Day!

Celebrating the FIRST INTERNATIONAL 'World Hepatitis Day' , this 2011, July 28th.   Today, I was honored to participate in a special White House event to commemorate the first official World Hepatitis Day. This event was one of many held across the United States and around the world for communities to join together and focus attention on the global health threat of viral hepatitis and promote actions to confront it. Worldwide, one in twelve persons are estimated to be living with … [Read more...]

The President's FY2012 Budget Proposal‏

Proposed National HIV/AIDS Strategy Implementation Fund Because the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) is a priority endeavor for the U.S. government, when the President released his Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) budget proposal in February of this year, he proposed a special fund to support the implementation of the Strategy. If approved, the FY12 Budget Proposal authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to transfer one percent of the department’s domestic … [Read more...]

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