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The AIDS Institute Releases HCV Testing Coverage Guide

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In recognition of National Hepatitis Testing Day, the AIDS Institute has released a Hepatitis C Testing Coverage Guide to assist health care providers with navigating each of the major healthcare payers' coverage options for preventive services, specifically for HCV screening.
 

New CDC PrEP Guidelines Could Transform HIV Prevention

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Sean Cahill and Kenneth Mayer of the Fenway Institute have published a blog on the Huffington post about the CDC recommendations for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  Click here to read the full post.
 

Video: "Response to Global HIV and HCV Epidemics" Session

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Click here to see the video from the April 17 UC Berkeley course session "Response to Global HIV and HCV Epidemics". Moderated by course instructor Veronica Miller, the session panel features Gregg Alton, Executive VP, Gilead, Ambassador Eric Goosby, Global Health Science, UCSF, and UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean Stefano Bertozzi.
 

SEARCHIV to Share Slides from Workshop on Social and Ethical Implications of HIV Cure Research on Twitter: May 7-9

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The multi-disciplinary research team at SEARCHIV (Social and Ethical Aspects of Research on Curing HIV: A Working Group) is excited to share their May 7th-9th 2014 (8:45am to 7:00pm Geneva time) workshop on the social and ethical implications of HIV cure research on Twitter.
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Imagining Global Health with Justice: a book event with Lawrence O. Gostin

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The UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and the UC Berkeley Master of Development Practice (MDP) program are hosting an evening global health lecture and book event featuring the distinguished law scholar, Professor Lawrence Gostin. We'd like to invite you to join us at the *UC Berkeley Alumni House on Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30pm* for his lecture: *Imagining Global Health with Justice*.

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On behalf of the Fenway Institute, Center for American Progress: Sign On to Public Comment Re: Asking SOGI Questions in Clinical Settings

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Please consider signing your institution or organization on to a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in support of including sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) functionality as a certification requirement for Electronic Health Records under the meaningful use program in 2017. Such a move could dramatically increase SOGI data collection in health care settings, and allow us to better understand and address LGBT health disparities.

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We welcome Dr. Gaston Picchio as the new industry co-chair of the HCV DrAG. We look forward to the leadership he will provide for the group as the DrAG continues to evolve to meet real-time challenges in the field

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HIVMA and Center for Global Health Policy Congratulate Dr. Deborah Birx on Confirmation as Ambassador and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

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Released: April 3, 2014

Statement from the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy and the HIV Medicine Association Confirmation of Deborah L. Birx, MD as Ambassador-at-large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

The confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator takes the next phase of the fight against the HIV pandemic forward with strength, purpose and great promise. The board and members of HIVMA and the Center for Global Health Policy congratulate Dr. Birx, and affirm our confidence in her passion, knowledge, and demonstrated commitment to confronting, preventing and treating HIV worldwide.

Dr. Birx has worked with governments of countries with the largest HIV and TB burdens, to test and treat men and women for both diseases, to improve health outcomes, decrease transmission, and address underlying issues of infectious disease threats that include poverty, gender inequality, and discriminatory neglect.

“Her focus, determination and dedication to research and to bringing evidence-based answers to the people who need them most will be valuable assets during this challenging time,” said Dr. Ken Mayer, co-chair of the Center for Global Health Policy’s Scientific Advisory Committee.  “Her advocacy for adequate and appropriate resources will be vital to the continued success of United States efforts to combat AIDS worldwide.”

“Dr. Birx is a leader committed to meeting the needs of the most marginalized populations.  Her confirmation sends a strong signal that the work set in place by Ambassador Eric Goosby to reach men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people who inject drugs will forge ahead,” said Dr. Joel Gallant, Chair of HIVMA. “We are counting on her leadership to ensure that the global fight against HIV continues to address the impact of bias and discrimination on HIV prevention, care, and treatment.”

HIVMA and the Center for Global Health Policy look forward to the day she takes office and to lending her our support.
 

ViiV Healthcare Announces Next Round of the Positive Action Southern Initiative to Support Linkages to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Adherence

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ViiV Healthcare Announces Next Round of the Positive Action Southern Initiative to Support Linkages to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Adherence 
Commitment to Hard-Hit Southern U.S. Continues – Letters of Interest Now Open for Organizations in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi

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On Behalf of HIVMA: Support Action on Anti-LGBT Laws

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Join the more than 400 HIV clinicians and researchers who have signed a letter that will be sent to President Obama urging the U.S. government to take concrete steps to protect LGBT patients, their providers and the organizations that work with them in Uganda and Nigeria and to make it clear that the U.S. cannot accept actions like these policies.  Please also help by distributing this message to colleagues so we can send a loud and clear message from the HIV medical and scientific communities.

Click here to sign on by Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10 AM EST.

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