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Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit

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This resource kit presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. While many challenges exist with regards to the availability of data, this kit aims to create awareness among prevention specialists and healthcare providers of the needs, experiences, and health status of LGBT Americans.

Health Insurance Coverage for People with HIV Under the Affordable Care Act: Experiences in Five States

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This report is an Issue Brief that provides insight into what the ACA has meant for people with HIV by examining their early experiences. The report is based on ten focus groups in the five states that represent half of all people living with HIV in the U.S. Participants were asked to discuss their enrollment and coverage experiences, as well as their experiences with maintaining ongoing HIV care, obtaining HIV medications, accessing experienced HIV providers, costs, and the role of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.

HIV, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and Women: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

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This information sheet is an Issue Brief that discusses how Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has been shown to be associated with increased risk for HIV among women as well as poorer treatment outcomes for those who are already infected. The brief provides an overview of new opportunities to address the needs of women at risk for and living with HIV who have experienced IPV, as well as a summary of key statistics and definitions.

HIV/AIDS in the Lives of Gay and Bisexual Men in the United States

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This report summarizes the findings of survey of gay and bisexual men in the U.S. that focused on their attitudes, knowledge, and experiences with HIV/AIDS and new HIV therapies. The study was conducted to find out what gay and bisexual men knew and thought about HIV, new treatments, and the obstacles to taking them.

Initiating and Maintaining a Hepatitis C Support Group: A How-to Program Guide

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This program guide provides the clinician with guidelines for establishing and maintaining a support group for veterans with hepatitis C. It presents the objectives and format of the guide, and discusses the rationale for support groups and steps in support group development. The appendices include sample mission statement, forms for use with the support group, suggested hepatitis C educational topics, and additional sources of information on hepatitis C.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States, 2008

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This information sheet summarizes national data for 2008 on three STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. It presents an overview of key findings about these diseases, including the largest number of reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea among adolescent girls and young women; the re-emergence of syphilis, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM); the relationship between STDs and infertility; and racial disparities among the three reportable STDs.

HIV Infection Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men --- Jackson, Mississippi, 2006--2008

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This report summarizes results of a survey of 29 black 17-25 year-old men who have sex with men (MSM) who were diagnosed with HIV infection during January 2006-April 2008 in the three-county Jackson Mississippi area. The survey was conducted by the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study examined risk behavior and HIV testing behavior of the participants.

MMWR: Vital Signs: HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adults --- United States, 2001--2009

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This report discusses a study on HIV testing and diagnosis among adults in the United States, 2001-2009. CDC used 2001-2009 data from the National Health Interview Survey to calculate the percentage of persons aged 18-64 years who reported ever being tested for HIV in the United States. Also, data from the National HIV surveillance system were used to estimate numbers, percentages, and rates of HIV diagnoses; AIDS diagnoses; and late diagnoses of HIV infection for persons diagnosed with HIV infection during 2001-2008 and reported to CDC through June 2009.

ACT Against AIDS Leadership Inititative: Harnessing the Strength of National Organizations to Reach the Communities Hardest Hit by HIV

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This information sheet discusses the Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI), a $16 million, six year partnership between CDC and leading national organizations representing the populations hardest hit by HIV. The AAALI is part of CDC’s Act Against AIDS communication campaign, which was launched in 2009. It brought together leading African American organizations to help with HIV prevention in black communities, and in 2010 CDC expanded it to include organizations that focus on men who have sex with men and the Latino community.

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