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Archive for the ‘HIV/AIDS’ Category

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

On March 10, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed as a way to encourage sharing knowledge and taking action. Ways to get involved include learning about the Affordable Care Act, locating testing services, and promoting the webinar on March 10, “Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS.” See AIDS.gov for more information:  http://1.usa.gov/P1OhQH

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, February 7th, 2014

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment among African Americans in the United States. African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that blacks accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of all new infections in 2010, despite making up only 14 percent of the population. This represents a rate that is eight times higher than whites. Overall, African American gay and bisexual men, especially young men, are the hardest-hit. In addition, African American women are far more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.

Resources for more information about diagnosis, treatment and prevention include
AIDSinfo’s African American HIV/AIDS Health Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1g2aiHr
CDC’s HIV Among African Americans: http://1.usa.gov/1kkGx8M

New Resource: Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

1 in 3 LGBT individuals in the US doesn’t have health insurance, which means LGBT people are likely to be sicker, wait to get tested or treated for most illnesses and suffer more serious complications when they do get sick. In the past it’s has been hard to find coverage that treats LGBT families fairly, covers the care they need and doesn’t break the bank.The Affordable Care Act (ACA) can increase coverage in our community by making health insurance more affordable, standardizing basic care and eliminating the exclusions that hurt the LGBT community the most.

But where should LGBT people start? How do they evaluate plans? What kind of coverage do they need? How do rules about family coverage apply to LGBT families? See “Where to Start, What to Ask: A Guide for LGBT People Choosing Healthcare Plans”, from Strong Families: http://bit.ly/19bBtA5. This guide provides a template for the questions one should ask Navigators, certified application counselors or insurance brokers to get answers about cost and coverage, reproductive healthcare, transgender healthcare, finding insurance if you are HIV+ or living with AIDS, covering LGBT youth and many other LGBT health needs.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary Widget

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The HIV/AIDS Prevention Bilingual Glossary provides linguistic support to individuals and organizations working with Spanish-speaking populations in the United States. The terms included here are commonly used in public health and HIV/AIDS prevention in the U.S. You can:

  • Find Spanish equivalents for English words and English equivalents for Spanish words;
  • Rate the translations provided;
  • Use the tag cloud to find commonly searched terms; and
  • Comment on how we can improve the glossary.

You can place the widget in your website by copying the code and it will allow your users to search the glossary in English and Spanish. The widget is approximately 141 pixels wide by 141 pixels high.

Access the widget and the code on the Office of Minority Health’s website: http://1.usa.gov/1dOi5us

HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholars Program

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) offers a scholarship program for early-career U.S. minority investigators.  The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research.  Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc) and want to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to Identify a Mentor: December 13, 2013
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

Find more information about the HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholars Program online: http://bit.ly/1jikVYJ

HIV In Rural America Webinar Recording

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Rural Assistance Center and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy hosted a webinar on October 1, 2013 focused on HIV/AIDS in Rural America. In an effort to reach stakeholders and in support of the National AIDS Strategy this webinar focused on the Ryan White Program, Research and Prevention.

Featured Speakers:

  • Janice C. Probst, PhD, Director, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center and Professor, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health discussed research findings on HIV/AIDS in Rural America.
  • Bill Yarber, Senior Director Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention presented on HIV/AIDS Prevention.

A link to the recording and supporting materials are available at the Rural Assistance Center’s web site: http://bit.ly/19veL35

NLM launches new traveling banner exhibition and online adaptation of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has launched a traveling banner exhibition and online adaptation of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture, an exploration of the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years.

The exhibition illustrates an iconic history of AIDS alongside lesser-known examples of historical figures who changed the course of the pandemic. Utilizing a variety of historic photographs, pamphlets, and publications, Surviving and Thriving is divided into five historical investigations, each of which highlights how different groups responded to AIDS.

The companion website includes an extensive selection of NLM’s diverse poster collection about HIV/AIDS. This “Digital Gallery” displays 238 posters grouped into fifteen thematic clusters, providing viewers new historical avenues to explore beyond the exhibition.  The website is augmented by education resources that investigate the exhibition content, including two lesson plans for grades 10-12; three six-class higher education modules; and two online activities.

For the complete NLM Press Release: http://1.usa.gov/1bvWtBe

For the Surviving and Thriving companion website: http://1.usa.gov/19onXmc

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Promotores de salud, or community health workers, are a proven mechanism to reach Latinos in rural areas. Poder Sano has developed a comprehensive Spanish-language train-the-trainer curriculum for individuals interested in training promotores de salud in HIV prevention. The curriculum is based on popular education techniques, and is culturally competent and linguistically sensitive.

The curriculum consists of five modules: The Role of Promotores, Sex and Sexuality, HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Testing and Treatment and Best Practices for Outreach. A unique feature of this curriculum is that in addition to the five core modules, it contains extra booster sessions to support promotores de salud in their continued learning and self-reflection. The curriculum also contains in-depth background information for the trainer.

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish): http://bit.ly/155cuKp

Anti-HIV drugs may protect against puberty delays in HIV infected children

Friday, August 16th, 2013

For children who have been HIV-infected since birth, current anti-HIV drug regimens may protect against the delays in puberty that had been seen in HIV-infected children taking older regimens, according to researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

HIV appears to delay puberty. Among children born before 1990, more than 10 percent of HIV-positive girls and boys had not entered puberty by 12 and 13 years of age, respectively. However, a study published in the journal AIDS has found that puberty was delayed for less than 1 percent of children born since 1997, when more effective anti-HIV drug therapies became widely available. Combination antiretroviral treatments — three or more drugs from two or more different anti-HIV drug classes — are now the standard therapy.

For the full brief, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1ePhJPl

Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

The HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s National African Immigrant Project is providing a webinar targeting clinicians that work with African immigrants with HIV and its co-morbidities. The webinar, Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees, will address HIV stigma as it pertains to African clients, MSM in the African community, FGM, gender issues and medical adherence.   

The webinar will address some of the cultural barriers that prevent African clients from accessing treatment and care and adhering to prescribed medications. 

The course is taught by: a Dr. Ijeoma Otigbuo, a Nigerian/American professor of microbiology and immunology at Montgomery College in Maryland; Mrs. Adeline Assani-Uva, a Ghanaian/American registered dietitian; and Dr. Emmanuel Koku, a Ghanaian-American, is an Associate Professor of Sociology, at Drexel University, and a Co-Director of its African Studies Program 

The presenters have several decades of expertise in their respective fields, have done several presentations on these topics and have authored papers on Africans, nutrition and HIV.

Register here: http://bit.ly/156cTJL