Aug. 28 Webcast: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Essential Health Benefits

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From AIDS.gov

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace, offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits.

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are hosting a webcast titled “The Intersection of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program with the Essential Health Benefits in Private Health Insurance and Medicaid” on Wednesday, August 28th at 2:30pm ET.

Speakers from the CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) will review individual and small group commercial plan coverage of essential health benefits inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Speakers from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) will review Medicaid coverage of essential health benefits.  The HIV/AIDS Bureau will end the presentation with…

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Prompt HIV Diagnosis and Early Antiretroviral Therapy Especially Important for Older People

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“Late diagnosis is an important determinant of mortality in older adults.”

From aidsmap.com

Prompt HIV diagnosis and early antiretroviral therapy are especially important for older people, results of a UK study published in Age and Ageing show. There was a 10% one-year mortality rate among people aged 50 plus at the time of their diagnosis, compared to a rate of 3% among younger people. The risk of death was especially high for older people with a CD4 cell count below 200 cells/mm3 at the time of diagnosis and who did not start HIV therapy.

“Late diagnosis is an important determinant of mortality in older adults,” comment the authors.

There has been a general ageing of the HIV-infected population in a number of richer countries. Over half of all patients with AIDS in San Francisco are now aged over 50. Older age is independently associated with immune impairment. Moreover, the…

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Online Trainings Strengthen HIV Prevention, Testing, and Treatment Efforts

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“Trainings delivered online can make it more convenient and cost-effective for people in the HIV community to access vital opportunities to strengthen HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts.”
Finding the time and resources to take advantage of in-person trainings can be challenging (if not impossible) for staff at many organizations. “I am continually seeking new and innovative ways to provide valuable information on social media and digital strategizing to our volunteer Board of Directors, many of whom have had little or no experience in this area,” said Robert Carroll, the Board President for the Association for Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). Trainings delivered online can make it more convenient and cost-effective for people in the HIV community to access vital opportunities to strengthen HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts.

Online trainings are often also referred to as distance learning, eLearning, synchronous or asynchronous trainings, or self-paced trainings. Depending…

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THE KEY TO ENDING HIV

People Doing Well on HIV Therapy Have Identical Mortality Risk to HIV-negative Peers

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“We identified no evidence for a raised risk of death compared with the general population in HIV-infected individuals on ART [antiretroviral therapy] with an undetectable viral load, who maintained or had recovery of CD+ T-counts to at least 500 cells/mm3.”

From aidsmap.com

HIV-positive people taking antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable viral load and a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3 have a mortality risk comparable to that seen in the general population, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Researchers looked at mortality rates among participants enrolled in two large, randomised controlled trials – the SMART and ESPRIT studies.

“We identified no evidence for a raised risk of death compared with the general population in HIV-infected individuals on ART [antiretroviral therapy] with an undetectable viral load, who maintained or had recovery of CD+ T-counts to at least 500 cells/mm3,” write the…

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NBA Legend Magic Johnson To Organize Rappers To Unite Against Homophobia, HIV/AIDS

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Magic Johnson(AllHipHop News) NBA legend Magic Johnson is planning to tackle the issue of homophobia and HIV/AIDS within the Hip-Hop community.

Magic recently marked the 20th anniversary of his announcement that he was HIV positive, along with his retirement from the NBA, which occurred in 1991.

Magic is planning on creating a coalition that will engage rappers to speak out against homophobia and discrimination against gays.

But the main focus of the coalition will be to raise the level of awareness and to break down the stereotypes
about HIV/AIDS.

“What we’re trying to do is reach out to the Hip-Hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing,” Magic Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Magic said that he was closely associated with a number of top artists and executives within the Hip-Hop community and…

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Peer-led Program Helps Individuals with HIV Adhere to Treatment

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“Perhaps, the belief that only those living with HIV can truly understand what it’s like to live with the disease contributes to the meaningful connections between the educators and the patients struggling to adhere to treatment.”

From medicalnewstoday.com

A nursing researcher at the University of Missouri has developed a peer-led intervention that helps individuals with HIV adhere to their treatment plans that can improve their quality of life.

“Being ‘peered’ is different from being doctored, nursed or counseled,” said Maithe Enriquez, an associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “The peer educators in the intervention also have HIV, which gives them insider perspectives. Perhaps, the belief that only those living with HIV can truly understand what it’s like to live with the disease contributes to the meaningful connections between the educators and the patients struggling to adhere to treatment.”

Peer educators work with HIV patients to identify barriers…

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