HIV in the news:
HIV Long-Term Survivor Day
On June 5, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) celebrated HIV Long-Term Survivors Day. The observance honors those who have defied the odds by living with HIV for decades and the future these individuals never imagined they would have.
This year's awareness day marks two important milestones: 36 years since HIV was identified on June 5, 1981 and 21 years since Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy became available in the United States.
HIV Long-Term Survivor Day is significant because the new face of HIV is older. In 2015, 42.5% of clients served by the RWHAP were aged 50 years and older, and 88.8% of those clients were virally suppressed, which is higher than the national RWHAP average of 83.4%.
AIDS.gov is now HIV.gov
HHS has officially changed the name of AIDS.gov, the federal government’s leading source for information about HIV, to HIV.gov. The change coincided with the 36th anniversary of CDC's first report of the initial cases of what would become known as AIDS. The name change reflects major scientific advances that have transformed an almost universally fatal disease to a condition that, if diagnosed and treated early and continuously, can be controlled and prevented from progressing to AIDS. More people are living with HIV in the United States today than are living with AIDS.
In 2016, more than 8 million people visited the AIDS.gov website and its social media channels to find information about HIV or HIV-related programs and services, including HIV testing, medical care, and treatment. The name change embraces the way most people now search online for information about the disease.
National HIV Testing Day
On June 27, 2017 the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) will observe National HIV Testing Day. This year’s theme is Test Your Way. Do it Today.
RWHAP provides HIV primary medical care, medications and essential support services to low income people living with HIV. More than half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the United States – more than half a million people – receive services through RWHAP each year. In 2015, 83.4% of RWHAP clients were virally suppressed.
To get tested, find a RWHAP-funded clinic near you.
NCHWA releases new supply and demand projections for health workforce
The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) released a new report and four fact sheets on the national supply of and demand for:
Using HRSA’s Health Workforce Simulation Model, the supply of and demand for all five professions are expected to grow between 2013 and 2025. General Pediatricians, Physical Medicine and Emergency Medicine professions will have a sufficient workforce to meet the increased demand. Due to population shifts and physician requirements for an increasing number of older Americans, the United States will have a shortfall of 26,980 Geriatricians and 820 Neurology Physicians in 2025.
OMH announces new 2017 funding opportunity
The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released a new competitive funding opportunity announcement, Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative. Application are being accepted now through August 1, 2017.
The initiative seeks to reduce health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations. This program is intended to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental illness.
Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program - Apply by July 17
Improving HIV Health Outcomes through the Coordination of Supportive Employment and Housing Services — Demonstration Sites - Apply by July 24
Improving HIV Health Outcomes through the Coordination of Supportive Employment and Housing Services – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider - Apply by July 24
Maternal & Child Health
Maternal and Child Health Services - Apply by July 17
Primary Health Care/Health Centers
Service Area Competition - Additional Area (SAC-AA) - Henderson, Nevada - Apply by June 26
Poison Center Network Service Area Competition - Apply by July 14