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Author Archives: Sean Bland

04.06.17

NEW O’NEILL INSTITUTE REPORT EXAMINES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RYAN WHITE HIV/AIDS PROGRAM FOR PROTECTING AND ADVANCING HIV PUBLIC HEALTH GAINS DURING HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

By Sean Bland

This post was written by Sean Bland and Safura Abdool Karim, a 2017 Global Health Law LL.M. Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. On March 24, 2017, Jeffrey S. Crowley and Sean Bland of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Connie Garner of Foley Hoag LLP released a new report, “The […]

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03.04.17

ASSESSING LAWS AND POLICIES TO PROTECT SEX WORKERS AND PROMOTE HEALTH

By Sean Bland

Sex workers across the world are a vulnerable population. Because of poverty, abuse and discrimination, sex work is often critical to survival for many cisgender and transgender women and LGBT young people, especially those who are homeless. In the United States, transgender women engage in sex work at ten times the rate of cisgender women. […]

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12.23.16

HIV in Communities of Color: The Importance of Adolescent Access to Biomedical Prevention

By Sean Bland

On December 3, 2016, I presented at the opening plenary session of the National HIV PrEP Summit in San Francisco. At the summit, NMAC released a State of the State report that Jeffrey S. Crowley and I prepared as the first part of a two-part Blueprint for HIV Biomedical Prevention. The State of the State report […]

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11.18.16

HIV POLICY AFTER THE 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

By Sean Bland

The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States has sent shockwaves throughout the country and across the globe. While the President-elect’s policy agenda was often sparse with details during his campaign, his election will no doubt have a profound impact on a number of major issues, such as healthcare, immigration, […]

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10.20.16

amfAR Report Makes Recommendations for Health Plans and Health Care Purchasers to Support Efforts to Curb the HIV Epidemic in the U.S.

By Sean Bland

On October 13, 2016, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, released a new report, “Curbing the HIV Epidemic by Supporting Effective Engagement in HIV Care: Recommendations for Health Plans and Health Care Purchasers,” which highlights the critical role of health plans and health care purchasers, including Medicaid and Medicare programs, marketplaces, and employers, in moving […]

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08.12.16

Global Implementation of PrEP: The Importance of Addressing Social and Structural Barriers – Part 2

By Sean Bland

I have previously written about the global implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and how important it is to remove social and structural barriers to PrEP. On Tuesday, I drew attention to France and its challenges in viewing itself as a color-blind society and addressing the needs of migrants and communities of color. Today I am […]

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08.09.16

Global Implementation of PrEP: The Importance of Addressing Social and Structural Barriers

By Sean Bland

Global implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a pill taken to prevent HIV infection, has made major strides in the last year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Truvada for daily oral PrEP in July 2012, but no other country approved PrEP in the subsequent three years. In November 2015, France became the second […]

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06.10.16

WHY THE FULL DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK IS IMPORTANT FOR ADDRESSING THE GLOBAL HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC

By Sean Bland

On May 25, 2016, Amnesty International released its long-awaited policy and supporting research in support of the decriminalization of sex work. The policy was based on evidence that the criminalization of sex work often makes sex workers less safe and provides impunity for abusers because sex workers are often too scared of being penalized to […]

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04.05.16

The Importance of Knowing the History of HIV and AIDS

By Sean Bland

            Hillary Clinton generated controversy last month when she praised Ronald and Nancy Reagan for starting a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. Clinton quickly issued a statement apologizing for her mistake about the Reagans’ record and later published an expanded response. She acknowledged not only how mistaken she was, […]

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