Archive for the ‘HIV/AIDS’ Category
Monday, December 1st, 2014
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
Friday, November 7th, 2014
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
Monday, August 25th, 2014
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
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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
Friday, June 6th, 2014
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.
AIDS.gov: Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: http://1.usa.gov/1rS6yRN
National Caribbean-American Health and AIDS Awareness Day(NCAHAAD): http://bit.ly/1pgVxov
Friday, May 2nd, 2014
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
Friday, April 11th, 2014
“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
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
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
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.