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The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Organizations Providing Services for People Living with HIV and Gender and Sexual Minorities in the Deep South

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The Deep South region (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX) has been particularly affected by HIV, having the highest diagnosis and death rates of any region in the US.1,2 This region has historically had high pov- erty rates, high levels of STIs and other diseases, and a cultural climate that generates significant HIV-relat- ed stigma, all of which contribute to the dispropor- tionate impact of HIV in the Deep South. COVID-19 has further exacerbated disparities for people across the US, and certain populations and regions have been disproportionately affect- ed.

Disease Risks and Homelessness

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The recent emergence of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) calls for enhanced cooperation between public health authorities, homeless service systems, and other partners at the local level. HUD strongly encourages CoCs to contact their local public health departments, Healthcare for the Homeless agencies, and other local health partners to ensure the unique needs and opportunities related to the homeless service system are incorporated in plans to prevent and respond to infectious diseases like COVID-19.

New Homelessness and Infectious Disease Ask A Question Desk

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The newly launched Homelessness and Infectious Disease Questions Ask a Question (AAQ) desk assists homeless assistance providers, Continuums of Care (CoCs), and other partners with questions about preventing, mitigating, and responding to infectious diseases impacting people experiencing homelessness in their community. The AAQ desk is staffed by Technical Assistance (TA) providers from HUD's disaster response team who are well-versed in promising and emerging practices for infectious disease planning, mitigation, and response in homeless response systems.

RWHAP PART B/ADAP Coordination with Medicare

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This resource walks through some of the basic elements of the Medicare program and provides information to support RWHAP Part B/ADAP staff in adapting program activities to better coordinate with Medicare coverage, including providing premium and cost-sharing assistance for clients. For a more comprehensive overview of the Medicare program as well as client-facing resources, please visit the Medicare resources created as part of the Access, Care, & Engagement (ACE) Technical Assistance Center.

HIV Prevention 2025 Road Map – Getting on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

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This new Road Map charts a way forward for country-level actions to achieve an ambitious set of HIV prevention targets by 2025. Those targets emerged from the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which the United Nations General Assembly adopted in June 2021 and they are underpinned by the Global AIDS Strategy (2021–2026). The Strategy sets out the principles, approaches, priority action area and programmatic targets for the global HIV response

White House Publishes Federal Implementation Plan for National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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US federal departments reached an important milestone in our work to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) with the release of the NHAS Federal Implementation Plan (PDF 707 KB). The document reflects the collaborative work of representatives from 10 federal departments and details more than 380 action items they will implement individually and collaboratively. This plan documents federal agencies’ commitments to programs, policies, research, and other activities needed to meet the Strategy’s goals.

Standing Up to Stigma (HIV)

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HIV stigma refers to irrational or negative attitudes, behaviors, and judgments towards people living with or at risk of HIV. It can negatively affect the health and well-being of people living with HIV by discouraging some individuals from learning their HIV status, accessing treatment, or staying in care. HIV stigma can also affect those at risk of HIV by discouraging them from seeking HIV prevention tools and testing, and from talking openly with their sex partners about safer sex options. Read more on this webpage.


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