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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s (NPAIHB) Project Red Talon is pleased to announce the availability of ten Mini Grants to support Tribal HIV Prevention Social Marketing/Media Campaigns. Eligible applicants include: Tribes, tribal consortia, tribal organizations, AI/AN LGBTQ2S organizations and urban organizations serving AI/ANs.
More information about the HIV Prevention Mini Grants can be found on the NPAIHB web site: http://bit.ly/RS0qVT
Award Amount: $10,000
Application Deadline: December 14, 2013
Monday, October 15th, 2012
October 15th is the the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and today Hispanic/Latinos will recognize the serious impact of HIV and AIDS in their communities. National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, (NLAAD) was established ten years ago by the Latino Commission on AIDS, the Hispanic Federation and other national organizations as a day dedicated to renew their commitment, reflect on the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on the Latino community, and educate people about the importance of everyone knowing their HIV status through routine testing.
Remember that oral rapid HIV testing kits are now available for purchase from your local pharmacy, so you can test yourself (and loved ones) in the comfort of your own home. Don’t delay – get tested today!
For more information on HIV & AIDS in both English and Spanish can visit the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) website here: http://bit.ly/RZLvIJ or call 1-800-232-4636
Monday, September 24th, 2012
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is offering a competitive grant of up to $2,500 for hosting an event in support of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013. This funding opportunity provides support for activities and events in the U.S. and affiliated territories.
Information about requirements for submission may be found at: http://1.usa.gov/Qz8c3L . The submission deadline is October 18, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. MT. [Medical Reserve Corps listserv]
Monday, September 17th, 2012
September 12, 2012 (9/12/12) marked “the first-ever Global Female Condom Day, and women and men around the world are … speaking out for increased recognition of a prevention method that is too often overlooked,” according to a statement in USAID’s ‘Impact Blog’. “Female condoms offer women — and men — dual protection from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV”.
More information at: http://1.usa.gov/PzEzhL and http://bit.ly/PzEMBL [Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, Sept. 13, 2012]
Monday, September 17th, 2012
The Common Patient Assistance Program Application (CPAPA), announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the International AIDS Conference in July, went into effect on September 12th. This single common application allows uninsured individuals living with HIV to use one application to apply for multiple assistance programs that together provide an entire course of antiretroviral therapy. This initiative aligns with the goals of the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy by increasing access to lifesaving drugs for eligible patients, and by helping more patients receive effective treatment for HIV.
For more information and an application: http://1.usa.gov/PzDF4S [HHS News Release, Sept. 12, 2012]
Monday, August 20th, 2012
The Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center has come out with a new brochure available for HIV+ travelers in both English and Spanish. “Traveling to Mexico & Latin America Brochures” includes helpful tips for persons with HIV/AIDS traveling to Mexico and Latin America as well as contact information to help the patient obtain the names, phone numbers and addresses of doctors who take care of people living with HIV/AIDS, at or near where they are going.
The website also contains other brochures like “Crossing the Border: Continuity of Care for HIV-Infected Patients Returning to Mexico” and pocket cards for HIV and Hepatitis B and C.
You can find the brochures here: http://bit.ly/NcyM6m
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
Greg Millett, Senior policy advisor in the Office of National AIDS Policy, says the president’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy has improved coordination among federal agencies to increase access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Goals are to reduce the number of new infections, to increase access to care for people living with HIV, and to reduce HIV/AIDS-related disparities.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the new use of Truvada—to be taken once daily and used in combination with safer sex practices—to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 infection in adults who do not have HIV but are at high risk of becoming infected. (HIV-1 is the most common form of HIV.)
In two large clinical trials, daily use of Truvada was shown to significantly reduce the risk of HIV infection
- by 42 percent in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of about 2,500 HIV-negative gay and bisexual men and transgender women, and
- by 75 percent in a study sponsored by the University of Washington of about 4,800 heterosexual couples in which one partner was HIV positive and the other was not.” [FDA Consumer Report, 16 July 2012]
Read the complete Consumer Report: http://1.usa.gov/M65AbP
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Susannah Fox, of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will present at the AIDS.gov satellite session of “The State of News Media and HIV” during the Interantional AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2012.
The session aims to encourage a conversation within the HIV/AIDS community to:
- Assess the role new media can play in HIV prevention, testing, and treatment (in partnership with clients and stakeholders) to extend the reach of their work; and,
- Use new media and emerging technologies, as appropriate, to move toward an AIDS-free generation.
Fox will contribute the Pew Internet Project’s latest data on social media use in the U.S.
For more information: http://bit.ly/LUy9O3 [blog.AIDS.gov, June 19, 2012]
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Americans will soon be able to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS, now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.
The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV antibodies using a mouth swab and returns a result in 20 to 40 minutes.
Government officials estimate that about 240,000 people, or one-fifth of the roughly 1.2 million people carrying HIV in the U.S., don’t know they are infected. Testing is a chief means of slowing new infections, which have held steady at about 50,000 per year for two decades.
FDA officials said the test is designed for people who might not otherwise get tested.
“The availability of a home-use HIV test kit provides another option for individuals to get tested so that they can seek medical care, if appropriate,” said Dr. Karen Midthun, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
Orasure plans to start selling the test in October, both online and through retailers like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart. It hasn’t set a price yet but expects the consumer version to cost less than $60 but more than the one marketed to health professionals, which costs about $17.50. CEO Doug Michels said the price increase will help pay for a toll-free call center to provide counseling and medical referrals to test users.
Rest of article at Source: http://huff.to/LWXZdJ
For full OraQuick press release: http://bit.ly/Nb2WDZ