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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

Webinar: Focus on Youth and Young Men

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A free webinar on July 18, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM EDT, titled “Building Resilience, Community and Culture among Young Native Men and Boys” is part of a larger effort to focus on the health of young native men and boys. The collaborative effort is hosted by the Indian Health Service, Men’s Health Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of Minority Health and the Society of Public Health Education. http://prn.to/13srK4h

Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud: Media Campaign Materials

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

In recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS program are pleased to announce the availability of new media materials designed to reduce stigma and promote HIV testing among American Indian and Alaska Native LBBT2S community members.  The campaign was developed in collaboration with national partners and Native LGBTQ2S community members from throughout the US.  A limited number of these materials can be ordered free of charge from Project Red Talon.  Contact Wendee Gardner with desired quantity and your mailing address to order materials: wgardner@npaihb.org

Access, download and print the Native.LGBTQ2S.Proud Media Campaign materials on lines and share them on National HIV Testing Day on June 27th: http://bit.ly/121rsvQ

Free Testing At Select Walgreens For National HIV Testing Day: June 27th

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and Greater Than AIDS, a coalition of public and private partners united in response to the domestic AIDS epidemic, are teaming with health departments and local AIDS organizations across the country to provide free HIV testing in support of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th.  Free HIV tests will be available June 27 – 28 from 3pm – 7pm, and June 29 from 9am – 2pm at 175 Walgreens locations in 54 cities and 22 states across the country.

More information and specific locations available online: http://bit.ly/14VFBPx

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

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

OMHRC’s Upcoming Webinar: Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees. June 28!

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 Breaking the Glass: Navigating Sexual Health & HIV Stigma with African Immigrants and Refugees? webinar will be held on June 28, 2013 , 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET.

Space is limited. Reserve you seat here:  http://bit.ly/11Qz308

National HIV Testing Day is June 27

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 1 million people in the United States have HIV, and that every nine and half minutes another person is infected with the virus. However, about a quarter of those people are not aware of their status.

The theme for National HIV Testing Day 2013 is “Take the Test, Take Control.” Whether you have yet to take an HIV test, are well-versed on how HIV is transmitted, need widgets for your site or just want to know what’s taking place in your area, here are resources for getting tested and getting involved: http://1.usa.gov/19SCOua

National Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS Program Webinar

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Tuesday, June 25th 1:00 – 2:00 Mountain

Men who have sex with men are disproportionately represented in new HIV infections and existing HIV and AIDS cases among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This webinar will present several products, campaigns, educational resources and programs that have been developed recently for AI/AN lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two spirit (LGBTQ2-S) communities.  These resources can be used to help support local efforts to combat stigma, promote awareness, HIV testing and encourage more equitable community norms.

More information about this National Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS Program Webinar can be found online: http://bit.ly/173J3Lx

CDC Fact Sheet: HIV/AIDS Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a fact sheet that examines HIV/AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives.  HIV is a critical public health issue among the approximately 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) who represent about 1.7% of the US population.  AI/ANs represented less than 1% of estimated new HIV infections in 2010.  When compared with other racial/ethnic groups, AI/AN ranked fifth in estimated rates of HIV infection diagnoses in 2011, with lower rates than blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, and people reporting multiple races, but higher rates than Asians and whites.

The CDC’s HIV/AIDS fact sheet can be found online: http://goo.gl/QZy6h

 

Webinar: National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Youth Behavioral Counseling

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Youth will be hosting their very first webinar entitled “Using High Intensity Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections in Youth.”  Participants can expect to learn how the Affordable Care Act is expanding billable preventive services, how high intensity behavioral counseling can be used to prevent STIs and how to access training and other resources.

Webinar date: June 12, 2013 1ppm – 2:30pm Eastern

More information about the Behavioral Counseling Webinar can be found online: http://goo.gl/kqUGC