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ONAP to Hold Community Meeting and Conference Call on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
By Jeffrey S. Crowley
April 26, 2010

On Friday, May 14, 2010, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) will hold a community meeting to provide an update and gain additional recommendations for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). For those who cannot attend the meeting in person, ONAP will hold a conference call shortly after the meeting to discuss the strategy.

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Respecting the Rights of Hospital Patients: Presidential Memorandum
By Miguel Gomez
April 16, 2010

On April 15, a Presidential Memorandum was released about hospital visitations related to the rights of hospital patients to receive visitors and to designate surrogate decision makers for medical emergencies. This is an important action for Gay and Lesbian Americans, who are often barred from the bedside of the partners with whom they've spent decades of their lives. For more information, please read the entire memorandum.

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ONAP Releases Report of Community Recommendations for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
By Gregorio Millett
April 9, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the blog. Gregorio Millett is Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. (Cross-posted from the Office of National AIDS Policy Blog.)

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Open Government Initiative
By Norm Eisen
April 8, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the blog. Norm Eisen is Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform. (Cross-posted from the White House Open Government Blog.)

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Using the Internet to Provide HIV-Prevention Messages to Men Who Have Sex With Men
By Miguel Gomez
April 6, 2010

On Wednesday, March 24, I had the pleasure of taking part in a day-long meeting about using the Internet to provide effective HIV-prevention messages to men who have sex with men (MSM). The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Medicare Expands Coverage for Treating Facial Lipodystrophy Syndrome in People Living With HIV

March 29, 2010

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release to announce its decision to cover facial injections for Medicare beneficiaries who experience symptoms of depression due to the stigmatizing appearance of severely hollowed cheeks resulting from the drug treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The decision, that was announced on March 23, 2010 was effective immediately.

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Increasing Access to Health Care for People Living With HIV: We Need Your Help
By Georgina Verdugo
March 23, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the blog. Georgina Verdugo is Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Redoubling Our Efforts on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
By Tina Tchen
March 10, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the blog. Tina Tchen is Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls. (Cross-posted from the White House Office of National AIDS Policy Blog.)

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Federal Interagency Members Meet With Public on Next Steps for the National AIDS Strategy
By Julia Eisman
February 24, 2010

This article was cross-posted from the blog. Julia Eisman is New Media Communications Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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New Avenues for Expression and Engagement With Youth Around Sexual Health Information
By Josie Halpern-Finnerty
February 16, 2010

The Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (ISIS) hosts an annual conference on using technology to increase access to sexual health information among youth -- and Sex::Tech is less than two weeks away! As ISIS' Margaret Lucas told us, "Sex::Tech brings together leaders in the fields of STD/HIV prevention, education, unplanned pregnancy prevention, government and technology to explore ways new media can improve young people's access to sexual health information. These pioneers will lead discussions on ways to harness the Internet, social networks and mobile technologies to advance sexual health. The Sex::Tech 2010 program includes successes, innovations, technology intensives and expert insights, in addition to providing a platform to showcase youth-led advocacy."

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