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Remarks and Video From HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the U.S. Conference on AIDS 2010

By Miguel Gomez

September 13, 2010

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Today is the second day of the U.S. Conference on AIDS and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the lunch-time plenary session.

In her speech, Secretary Sebelius talked about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and HHS' plans to concentrate funding in the communities most at-risk for HIV. She said, "If you're a white, heterosexual woman like me, your chances of being infected by HIV/AIDS are very low -- just 1 in 50,000. But if you're a gay Hispanic man, your chances are 350 times higher. In some U.S. cities, it's estimated that almost half of all gay black men are HIV-positive."

The Secretary highlighted that HHS has committed $30 million from the new Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act, "a law that enshrines a fundamental principle: that all Americans should have access to affordable health care, regardless of their health status" to support new and existing HIV prevention efforts.

She also explained that these funds will "allow us to focus on the communities and geographic areas that have been hardest hit by this disease. And we recently updated our budget request for next year to request $35 million for these essential prevention efforts".

In addition the Secretary discussed how the Affordable Care Act, will impact the HIV community in the following ways:

Note: for more information about the Affordable Care Act and HIV, I encourage you to check out a new summary sheet, "How the Affordable Care Act Impacts People Living with HIV/AIDS" (PDF 450 KB).

Interested in learning more about what Secretary Sebelius had to say at USCA? Please read her full speech or watch the video below where HHS' Dr. Ron Valdiserri interviews the Secretary about her take-away messages from her presentation.

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