Author Archives: Sean Bland


Overdose Prevention Sites Are an Effective Approach to Address Infectious Diseases Associated with Injection Drug Use

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The United States has been battling a serious drug use epidemic for several years. While opioids including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl have received significant attention, other drug use, including use of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, remain major public health issues as well. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase, and […]

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HIV Policy Plans Must Have a Focus on Gay and Bisexual Men

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Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. While gay and bisexual men make up about 2% of the population, they accounted for 70% of the 38,379 new HIV diagnoses in the United […]

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O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Scaling Up PrEP Use for HIV Prevention

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Last week, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law released three new publications. I previously discussed two of these publications in a blog post. This week, I will discuss the remaining publication, Big Ideas: Achieving Sufficient Scale of PrEP Use Is Critical to Ending the HIV Epidemic. This […]

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O’Neill Institute Releases Publications on HIV Cluster Detection

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Today, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute released three new publications. The publications are intended as resources to support the effort to end the HIV epidemic in the United States. President Trump announced his Administration’s Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative in this year’s State of the Union address, with the goal of […]

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Improving Laws to Support PrEP Access and HIV Prevention for Young People

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective method of HIV prevention. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that PrEP use among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) increased 500% from 2014 to 2017, although uptake among other groups remains lower and disparities among MSM continue to […]

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USPSTF Recommendation for PrEP: Reflections on Insurance Coverage and HIV Prevention for Older Adults

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Yesterday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a federally-appointed independent panel of clinicians and scientists that conducts evidence-based reviews of preventive services, issued a final “Grade A” recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). An “A” letter grade indicates that the panel recommends the service and finds there is high certainty that the service has a substantial […]

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STD Awareness Month: O’Neill Institute Releases Quick Take Document on the US STI Crisis

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April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs (also called STIs, which stands for sexually transmitted infections). It is an opportunity to normalize routine STI testing and conversations about […]

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O’Neill Institute Releases Policy Brief on HIV Prevention for Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men

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Yesterday, the O’Neill Institute released a new policy brief, Bolstering Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men to Promote Health and Reduce HIV Transmission. This brief, developed in partnership with Bienestar Human Services, a community-based social services organization in Los Angeles focused on health issues faced by the Latino and LGBTQ communities, examines the place of Latinx […]

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Supporting Effective HIV Prevention among Latinx Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States

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HIV remains a serious public health threat in the United States. While the United States had made progress in reducing the number of HIV infections, with prevention efforts leading to a nearly 20 percent decline in new HIV infections between 2005 and 2014, progress has been uneven, and the declines in new HIV infections have […]

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O’Neill Institute Releases Quick Take Documents on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HIV Prevention

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Today the O’Neill Institute released two new Quick Take documents. Following the November 2018 election, with many new members of Congress, these reports are intended as educational resources for legislators and congressional staff as well as for HIV community stakeholders and the general public. Building upon a March 2017 issue brief on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS […]

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