Category Archives: HIV


Rethinking the Deferral Period on Blood Donation: A More Tailored Measure than General Deferral on Men Who Have Sex with Men

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The French government recently lifted its blood donation ban on men who have sex with men (MSM). Currently, gay and bisexual men must abstain from having sex with men for 12 months in order to donate blood. As of February 1, 2020, the deferral period will be 4 months instead of 12. Ultimately, the French […]

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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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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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UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

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Today, the United Nations marks “Zero Discrimination Day,” an annual day of celebration that they made up in 2014. The day is meant to promote equality in all aspects of life, but in practice it seems to be a UNAIDS affair focused on discrimination against people living with HIV. Every member of the United Nations […]

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President Says We Can End the HIV Epidemic in 10 Years: What I Hope to See in His Plan

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I had the privilege of serving as President Obama’s first HIV/AIDS Advisor and I led the process of creating our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.  The Strategy was a five-year plan that was updated in 2015. Yesterday, President Trump acknowledged our country’s great strides and said that his budget will commit the […]

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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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