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Veterans' Stories: The VA and 30 Years of AIDS

Did you know that the Veterans Health Administration is the largest single provider of HIV care in the United States, providing care for more than 24,000 Veterans living with HIV in 2010?

The VA has been and remains an integral part of the service d...

By Deb LeBel for

Rape and Domestic Violence Under DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell): A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

"I felt alone; even though I had many friends I couldn't tell them about this. I couldn't even tell my superior about it. Why? Because of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy." In this heartbreaking video blog entry, Justin B. Terry-Smith reveals that ...

By Justin B. Terry-Smith

Report by the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status

On March 16, the White House released the Report by the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status. That report contained a number of recommendations related to Puerto Rico's political status and economic development; it also addressed the need f...

By James Albino for

Hold the Line

As an action-packed year for the HIV/AIDS community draws to a close, takes stock of 2010 in a new series of articles, "HIV/AIDS Year in Review: Looking Back on 2010 (and Ahead to 2011)." Read the entire series here.

The year 2010 is com...

By Enrique Franco

Don't Walk With Your Head Hanging Down: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

The definition of pride is: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct.

The word "pride" standing alone can be viewed as someone coming o...

By Enrique Franco

Thoughts on the Day "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Dies -- From a Gay, HIV-Positive Ex-Army Sergeant

A flashback: Seven months ago, as the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) appeared to be drawing near, our blogger and HIV-positive gay vet Enrique Franco wrote about what the demise of DADT would mean to him. His words are still beauti...

By Enrique Franco

VA to Begin Offering Routine, Voluntary HIV Tests at Medical Centers

The Veterans Affairs Department on Monday began "offering routine HIV tests to veterans who receive medical care," the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. The new policy follows CDC's recommendations for voluntary, routine HIV testing and no lo...

By Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

VA Inspections Show Continued Flaws

A report by the Veterans' Administration's inspector general finds less than half of the VA facilities given a surprise inspection last month had appropriate training and guidelines in place for common endoscopic procedures, suggesting the recently d...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Veterans Affairs: 5th HIV Case Linked to Unsterile Equipment

On Friday, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that seven more hepatitis infections and a fifth HIV infection were discovered among patients exposed to unsterile endoscopic equipment at three VA hospitals. Of nearly 11,000 veterans who we...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Another Battle for Vets

HIV-negative Iraq vet "Brian" thinks his colleagues are at risk for an HIV epidemic.

Special report by Update contributor Andrew Hoffman

*An asterisk denotes names that were changed to protect the identity of the person quoted.

When Brian*, 25, ...

By Housing Works