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.
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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
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
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.
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
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
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.
- 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 CultureFriday, 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