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DOJ Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Clinic Runs Counter to Public Health Goals

Last week, the United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to stop the opening of a safer injection site (SIS) in Philadelphia, claiming it violates the federal Controlled Substances Act. This misguided action not only places the health of people…
Discarded syringes in an open-air heroin market that has thrived for decades, slated for cleanup along train tracks a few miles outside the heart of Philadelphia
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  Summary This woman shouted for ‘Kevin’ to come to the desk. I shrunk in my seat, hoping she would see the note on the chart about my gender change. But she just kept yelling for Kevin. I finally had to get up and cross the room in a walk of shame.…
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In 2016, more than 6,000 Floridians died of an opioid overdose, a 35 percent increase from the year before. Governor Rick Scott has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, and is promoting numerous bills designed to tighten restrictions on…
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As HIV Rates Decline, Possible Budget Cuts Emerge as New Threat

Tuesday was the 25th anniversary of AIDSWatch, the annual convening of people living with HIV and their allies in Washington, DC, to urge Congress to protect access to health care and services. This year’s event was the biggest yet, with more than 600…
AIDSWatch participants with Senator Marco Rubio, March 28, 2017, Washington DC.
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 Why don’t we do routine HIV testing? We cannot afford to treat someone who was identified as HIV-positive. It sounds cold, I know, but that is the reality.
 
 –S. Wright, nursing director, Caddo Parish…
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Limited Testing, Treatment Interruptions Endanger Detainees

(Baton Rouge) –Louisiana fails to provide basic HIV services to thousands of inmates in parish jails, endangering the health of individuals and the communities to which they return, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 
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Louisiana: Access to HIV Treatment
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Louisiana fails to provide basic HIV services to thousands of inmates in parish jails, endangering the health of individuals and the communities to which they return. Only a handful of the state’s 104 parish jails offer HIV tests to every inmate on entry…
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President Barack Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS strategy designed to carry the country’s policy through to 2020. The updated policy, positive in many ways, lacks one crucial element:  the criminal justice system’s role in fueling HIV and AIDS.…
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A few years ago, I met a man from Miami who used to be hooked on heroin. Jose — not his real name — was living with HIV and hepatitis from sharing needles with other people. When I met him, Jose was helping other drug users avoid that fate by handing out…
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April 13, 2015 Mr. Douglas Brooks Director, Office of National AIDS Policy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington DC 20500   Dear Director Brooks, We write today, representing 14 organizations to urge the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) to sharpen…
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Today, Gordon Goodwin is in federal prison in Atlanta.  Not too many years ago, he was a student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on track for law school. He enjoyed tennis and mountain biking. Today, his future looks bleak—failed by prison…
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In a move that will benefit those living with HIV and AIDS in Mississippi, the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decided to overhaul the state’s federally funded program meant to provide housing to people with AIDS. This comes roughly four years…
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The first cases of HIV in the United States were seen more than 30 years ago, largely in West and East Coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Today the epidemic’s profile looks very different – it is spreading fastest in the southern…
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There is no one solution to eradicating HIV, but PrEP is a tool that not enough can access.

Recent attention has focused on innovative medical developments that could dramatically reduce the number of new HIV infections. But ensuring access to health care and medication so that people can benefit from these developments is equally important.…