For those living with AIDS or HIV, staying healthy is important. The Affordable Care Act has made coverage more accessible and now is the time to enroll (until February 15, 2015). You cannot be denied insurance coverage based on your HIV status. The Target Center, which supports HIV care through education and innovation, offers resources for healthcare consumers, patient education materials, and quality management tools for programs and care, at: http://bit.ly/1x3V8wx
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AIDSinfo has announced the release of the AIDSinfo Drug Database App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.
AIDSinfo Drug Database App: http://1.usa.gov/1CN8wbs
Today is World AIDS Day.
AIDS.gov has resources for commemorating the day, including shareable social media messages, facts about HIV/AIDS and information on the Affordable Care Act and HIV. MedlinePlus has links to information on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, research and related issues. Information is available in English, Spanish and four other languages.
HIV/AIDS (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vbIpWw
The Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention in the Compendium are identified by the CDC’s Prevention Research Synthesis Project through a series of ongoing systematic reviews. The Compendium comprises three chapters: Linkage to, Retention in, and Re-engagement in HIV Care (LRC), Medication Adherence (MA), and Risk Reduction (RR). Each eligible intervention is evaluated against explicit a priori criteria and has shown sufficient evidence that the intervention works.
CDC Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/112gmxi
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has created an online training tool entitled “Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.” The six 10-minute modules are designed for staff of long-term care and other aging service providers.
From the Center:
“This tool was developed by the Administration for Community Living and Administration on Aging, with support from many groups including but not limited to SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, FORGE Transgender Aging Network, National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, Rose Villa, and the Methodist Home of D.C.”
For more information and to access the tool: http://bit.ly/1tMir8F
The Seattle Urban Indian Health Institute reminds us that National HIV Testing Day is an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a fact sheet about HIV/AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs): http://1.usa.gov/1l8HH2N
The fact sheet details information about the number of HIV/AIDS infections, diagnoses and deaths; the challenges that the AI/AN population faces around HIV; and how the CDC is working to raise awareness and provide support in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
See more resources for promoting HIV testing from the national campaign at: http://bit.ly/1jfPQma
June 8th, is the eight day of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States and the first day of what will become an annual observance of -National Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day. NCAHAAD is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Caribbean-American and Caribbean-born individuals, across the United States and its territories, to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved. It is also a time to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is a day of hope for the future of a Caribbean and Caribbean American community with available preventive health care as a daily part of life and a Caribbean Diaspora free of AIDS.
The HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents has announced the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents.
Key additions and revisions to the guidelines include:
- Addition of “Cost Considerations and Antiretroviral Therapy,” a new section that discusses strategies to contain costs without compromising treatment effectiveness.
- Changes to recommendations on the frequency of CD4 count monitoring, including a table that outlines the updated recommendations.
- Change in classification of recommendations for initial treatment from “Preferred Regimens” to “Recommended Regimens” to reflect the expanding options for treatment-naive patients.
- Increased emphasis on key principles to follow when switching ARV drugs in the setting of viral suppression.
- A new table listing ARV drug options to consider when switching ARV drugs because of adverse effects.
- For a complete preview of key updates to the guidelines, please see What’s New in the Guidelines. Additions and revisions are also highlighted in yellow throughout the text and tables of the PDF version of the guidelines.
Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents: http://1.usa.gov/Rbv6Eo
“Key changes to the Recommendations for the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States are summarized below. Some content has been reorganized and revised to enhance usability. Text, appendices, and references have been updated to include new data and publications where relevant. The terms “mother-to-child transmission (MTCT)” and “prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)” have been replaced with “perinatal transmission” and “prevention of perinatal transmission,” respectively. All changes are highlighted throughout the guidelines.”
To read more information and download guidelines visit AIDSinfo: http://1.usa.gov/1qnPLle
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