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HIVMA News Releases

09/21/2018

Global Health Leaders Celebrate PEPFAR, Call for Increased Support

Leaders of research and programmatic responses to HIV globally gathered on Capitol Hill Thursday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief launch and the flagship program’s achievements, but also to cite urgent needs to strengthen and accelerate the program’s efforts toward ending the pandemic. 
09/18/2018

Senate Passes Opioids Bill Responding to Infections and Workforce Shortages

The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly last night to approve the Opioids Crisis Response Act of 2018 – their version of the comprehensive legislation (HR 6) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June.
09/17/2018

Joint LHHS, D0D Agreement Advances Critical Health Responses

The Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Defense Department Senate and House conference agreement released Thursday demonstrates legislators’ commitment to tackling some of the most critical health issues our nation faces. The agreement includes a $263 million increase in funding for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases supporting essential biomedical research and development, and $5 million added to 2018 funding levels for HIV
09/12/2018

Preparation for Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes will be Critical

As the hurricane season reaches its peak, and Hurricane Florence brings threats of catastrophic weather events and flooding to the eastern United States, preparation and sustained responses will be essential to prevent and respond to public health and infectious disease impacts that pose risks in a storm’s aftermath.
09/12/2018

Rising STD Rates Highlight Needs for Responsive Funding, Policies

Rising STD Rates Highlight Needs for Responsive Funding, Policies 2018-09-12 Rising STD Rates Highlight Needs for Responsive Funding, Policies   NEWS RELEASE Contact - HIVMA: George Fistonich  gfistonich@hivma.org IDSA: Lisa Cox  lcox@idsociety.org W
09/12/2018

Exorbitant Drug Price Hike Reflects Greed, not Need

The decision by Nostrum Laboratories executives to more than quadruple the price of an antibiotic drug developed more than six decades ago reflects opportunistic greed in its most indefensible form. Nostrum is currently the sole manufacturer of the liquid formulation of nitrofurantoin, an antibiotic that also is available in pill form.
09/04/2018

Representatives Respond to Medicare Reimbursement Proposal Concerns

As thousands of physicians, including those providing infectious diseases and HIV care, cited damaging impacts of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal to slash reimbursements for evaluation and management of complex cases, lawmakers are signing onto a letter asking the agency to delay action on the move.
08/14/2018

Societies Recommend Policies to Retain, Increase Ranks of Infectious Diseases Physician Scientists

Improved compensation, expanded mentorship and training opportunities, and concrete measures to improve workforce diversity are all needed to address attrition from the ranks of physician scientists specializing in infectious diseases
07/13/2018

Opioid, ID Report Recognizes Integrated Surveillance, Prevention, Care, Needs

Today the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics, a report documenting the proceedings of a two-day meeting of public health, drug policy and law enforcement experts, including leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association.  
07/02/2018

Senate Funding Bill Supports Critical Efforts, More Will be Needed

Senate appropriators last Friday released a bill for the coming year that repudiates both White House proposals for draconian cuts to essential public health and research programs, and a House proposal to eliminate critically needed family planning programs, 
06/26/2018

Prioritize individual and public health at the border

The consequences to individual and public health of continuing “zero-tolerance” border policies and of large scale detention of thousands of weakened and vulnerable individuals will be longstanding and far-reaching.
06/25/2018

Boosts for PEPFAR, TB reflect leadership and commitment

The spending bill released Friday by the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, proposing the first increase in funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in nearly a decade
06/20/2018

Medical Students Program supports exploration, innovation

HIVMA and the IDSA Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of 15 medical students from across the US who will receive funding for clinical learning and research projects through the HIVMA Medical Students Program. 
06/15/2018

HIVMA Statement on House Labor-HHS FY 2019 Funding Bill

HIVMA Statement on House Labor-HHS FY 2019 Funding Bill 2018-06-15   The House Appropriations Labor-HHS subcommittee today passed a funding bill that undercuts several critical components of the domestic HIV response with elimination of vital prevention and women’s health services, and stagnant fund
06/14/2018

HIVMA Calls on Department of Justice to Defend Pre-existing Condition Protections

HIVMA Calls on Department of Justice to Defend Pre-existing Condition Protections 2018-06-14 Statement of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society   Contact: IDSA: Jennifer Morales jmorales@idsociety.org
06/13/2018

House Passes Bills that Address Infections Related to the Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly last night to approve the Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act and the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Act of 2018. 
06/08/2018

Action Needed to Prevent Injection Drug Use-Related Infections

Action Needed to Prevent Injection Drug Use-Related Infections 2018-06-08 New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections occurring in people who inject drugs more than doubled
05/30/2018

IDSA and HIVMA Oppose Military Policies Excluding People Living with HIV

IDSA and HIVMA Oppose Military Policies Excluding People Living with HIV 2018-05-30 The lawsuit filed today by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN against the Department of Defense on behalf of Sgt. Nick Harrison, a military service member living with HIV, is a reminder that misconceptions surrounding HIV i
05/21/2018

DRC Ebola Outbreak Demonstrates Need for Continued Investments

DRC Ebola Outbreak Demonstrates Need for Continued Investments 2018-05-21 Contact IDSA: Jennifer Morales  jmorales@idsociety.org PCI Public Relations (312) 558-1770  idsa@pcipr.com 05/21/2018 Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, President IDSA   Melanie Thompson, MD, Chair HIVMA  
05/19/2018

Administration’s Proposed Domestic “Gag” Rule Threatens Women’s Health

The Trump Administration’s proposal today to bar Title X Family Planning Program-funded women’s reproductive healthcare providers from providing counseling on abortion or from offering abortion services
05/10/2018

Rescission Package Short Changes Global, American Health Security

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America call on Congress to reject legislative attempts.
05/09/2018

Bills Address Infectious Diseases Impacts of the Opioid Crisis

Bills Address Infectious Diseases Impacts of the Opioid Crisis 2018-05-09 The Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act and the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Act under consideration by the House Energy and Commerce Committee today recognize that responses to the national opioid epidemic
04/26/2018

Bills Recognize Needs for Action, Workforce, to Address Opioid/ID Impacts

Bills Recognize Needs for Action, Workforce, to Address Opioid/ID Impacts 2018-04-26 /IDOpioidImpactStatement IDSA: Jennifer Morales jmorales@idsociety.org   PCI Public Relations (312) 558-1770 idsa@pcipr.com   Paul Auwaerter, MD, MBA, President IDSA Melanie Thompson, MD, Chair,
04/18/2018

Hank Tomlinson, Ph.D. to Lead CDC’s Global HIV and TB Efforts at Critical Time

The U.S. government response to the global impacts of HIV and tuberculosis is poised at a pivotal moment, in which we can seize the opportunity to end these devastating pandemics, or watch progress erode, infections increase, and our effective treatments compromised by growing drug resistance.
04/11/2018

PEPFAR report serves as a beacon and a warning

PEPFAR report serves as a beacon and a warning 2018-04-11 IDSA: Jennifer Morales jmorales@idsociety.org   PCI Public Relations (312) 558-1770 idsa@pcipr.com April 11, 2018 The 2018 Annual Report to Congress released by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
03/22/2018

IDSA and HIVMA call for sustained, evidence-based responses to the link between infectious diseases and opioid use disorders

IDSA and HIVMA call for sustained, evidence-based responses to the link between infectious diseases and opioid use disorders 2018-03-22   IDSA and HIVMA call for sustained, evidence-based responses to the link between infectious diseases and opioid use disorders Contact: IDSA: Jennifer Mora
02/13/2018

HIVMA Response to President’s Budget Proposal

HIVMA Response to President’s Budget Proposal 2018-02-13   HIVMA Response to President’s Budget Proposal February 13, 2018 Statement from HIVMA Chair Melanie Thompson Contact: Jennifer Morales (703) 299-0412 jmorales@idsociety.org or  PCI Public Relations (312) 558-1770 idsa@pcip
02/01/2018

IDSA, HIVMA highlight place for public health priorities in State of the Union agenda

During his State of the Union Address last night, the president emphasized his commitment to national security by supporting an end to budget caps for defense spending. The members of IDSA and HIVMA urge the President and Congress to increase that commitment by raising the budget caps for defense and non-defense spending in parity. 
01/18/2018

New “Conscience and Religious Freedom” Division at the Department of Health and Human Services Sanctions Discrimination in Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new office dedicated to investigating conscience objections and religious-freedom concerns in health care.
01/12/2018

Administration Policy on Medicaid Work Requirements Harmful to People with HIV Statement of HIVMA Chair Melanie Thompson, MD

The administration’s new guidance on Medicaid work requirements opens the door for states to impose employment as a condition of Medicaid eligibility and runs counter to the Medicaid program’s objectives of providing a reliable and comprehensive source of healthcare coverage to individuals and families whose income, and/or disabilities put that coverage otherwise out of their reach. 
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The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new office dedicated to investigating conscience objections and religious-freedom concerns in health care.
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HIVMA Response to President’s Budget Proposal
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The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America call on Congress to reject legislative attempts, including House Resolution 3 introduced Wednesday evening, that advance the Trump administration’s rescissions package. 
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The consequences to individual and public health of continuing “zero-tolerance” border policies and of large scale detention of thousands of weakened and vulnerable individuals will be longstanding and far-reaching.
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Senate appropriators last Friday released a bill for the coming year that repudiates both White House proposals for draconian cuts to essential public health and research programs, and a House proposal to eliminate critically needed family planning programs, 
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As the hurricane season reaches its peak, and Hurricane Florence brings threats of catastrophic weather events and flooding to the eastern United States, preparation and sustained responses will be essential to prevent and respond to public health and infectious disease impacts that pose risks in a storm’s aftermath.
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