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New Media Intervention
CDC Risk Chart
OraQuick Home Test
Funding for Prevention
ACA Tech Resources
Explaining to Children
Reaching Gay Men
Care Toolkit
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August 2012
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Welcome to HIV Health Link - your quarterly newsletter for HIV/AIDS health technology. We encourage you to read further and learn more about The AIDS Institute's compilation of current HIV/AIDS health technology news.
International AIDS Conference

AIDS 2012 Videos by

Dr. Koh and A. Toni Young: 

Conversations from AIDS 2012 - A. Toni Young
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - A. Toni Young


HIV in Gay and Bisexual Men:

AIDS2012 - MSM
Greg Millet at AIDS 2012


Dr. Koh and Ambassador Goosby:
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Ambassador Eric Goosby
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Ambassador Eric Goosby


Ron Valdiserri and Dawn Averitt Bridge (Expand U.S. Public Awareness):  

Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Dawn Averitt Bridge
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Dawn Averitt Bridge

Dr. Koh with Dr. Kevin Fento

Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Dr. Kevin Fenton 
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Dr. Kevin Fenton


USG @ AIDS 2012: How to Talk About a "Cure":  

Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Carl Dieffenbach and Miguel Gomez 
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Carl Dieffenbach


Phill Wilson and Miguel Gomez:

Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Phill Wilson with Miguel Gomez 
Conversations from AIDS 2012 - Phill Wilson

AIDS 2012 Media Resources  
Click Here for PDF of AIDS 2012 Media Resources Document   

It was very exciting to see the presence of a number of social media and mobile sessions at the XIX International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2012) last week in Washington, DC. Patricia Mechael, one of the presenters at those sessions, noted that HIV/AIDS was one of the first areas to leverage mobile technology in the global health space; thus it is our duty to continue this and to influence others. (July 26-31, 2012) 
Emerging Technologies and Advancements Embraces New Digital Government Strategy  


Federal HIV/AIDS Website Updated Using Responsive Design

On National HIV Testing Day, the U.S. Department of LogoHealth and Human Services announced that, the gateway to all federal HIV /AIDS information and resources, has been relaunched and redesigned using responsive design.   


"With so many Americans accessing the Internet via mobile devices, federal agencies are beginning to adapt to better meet the public's information needs" 


Businesswire (June 27, 2012 12:38 PM EDT) 


Electronic Health Records Provide $400M Payoff for Florida  


Doctors and hospitals in Florida have received over $404 million from the federal health agency as a reward for switching from paper to electronic health records, according to data released Tuesday. 


FHAAN LogoIn the year since the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program began, 6,752 Florida health-care providers have received the payments, federal officials said.

Nationally, more than 110,000 doctors and 2,400 hospitals received the incentive payments since they began in May 2011; the payout so far totals $5.7 billion.

Congress approved the incentive program separately from the Affordable Care Act, so it is not at risk in the pending Supreme Court ruling on the act, expected in the next 10 days. Florida led more than two dozen states in a lawsuit, claiming the act is unconstitutional.

The program is managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in cooperation with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ONC provides grants to regional extension centers, which provide Health IT experts who can train and support doctors as they go through the learning curve.

Carol Gentry, Health News Florida (June 20, 2012)
New Media Intervention

Historic New Media Call to Action at AIDS 2012 

IAC Logo We sent our first tweet in on August, 2008 from the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. Four years and 3,265 tweets later, we geared up for yet another International AIDS Conference. At this year's conference, we hosted a satellite session titled "The State of New Media and HIV." During the session, panelists reinforced the reasons why it is essential to assess how new media can extend the reach of your work. Together, we called for a declaration for the HIV community to use new media to move us towards an AIDS-free generation. (June 19, 2012) 


Roadmap for a Digital Government When the Internet revolution arrived in the 1990s, the U.S. Government embraced this new medium to interact with the American people.  Today, what started as basic information pages has evolved into sophisticated transactional systems that allow us to pay taxes online, download medical records, and so much more. (May 23, 2012) 

CDC Releases HIV Transmission Risk Chart 

CDC Logo For years, the HIV community has asked the CDC to distribute clear data differentiating the transmission risk associated with various acts. The CDC has now released a chart on their website that does just that. 

The risk of getting HIV varies widely, depending on the type of exposure.


To read entire chart, titled "Per Act Probability of Acquiring HIV by Exposure Act", please follow link: (July 31, 2012) 

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test
What Do I Need to Know About the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test?

Theresa Mack, M.D., M.P.H.
In July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, which lets Americans learn their HIV status in the privacy of their homes. Any intervention that may increase the number of people getting tested for HIV is a great development because the earlier you know your status, the sooner you get into treatment.

Not only does early treatment keep you healthy longer, but studies have shown that those who are in treatment are less likely to transmit HIV to others.  If you choose the in-home HIV test, you should know the following important facts: Click Here for Full Article.

Black AIDS Institute (July 31, 2012)
Funding for HIV Prevention
Request for Information on Guidance for the Specification of a Secure, Online Reporting System for Streamlining Programmatic, Fiscal, and Other Data From DHHS-Funded HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care Services Grantees.

HHS Logo The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking to identify interest and obtain information relevant to the design, deployment, operations, maintenance, and future enhancement of a centralized, secure, flexible data reporting system to streamline the collection, processing, and sharing of programmatic, funding, and other data reported to DHHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) by grantees funded to provide HIV prevention, treatment, and care services.

Learn more at: (May 2, 2012) 

Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling

Now Available: Video and Slides from Our Webinar on the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Ruling


Nearly 400 HIV health advocates across the country participated in our July webinar on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act! Video and additional resources from the webinar are now available. Feel free to download and refer to these materials as the implementation process continues this summer. Spread the word and share these materials with your community and fellow advocates.


"The Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Decision: What does it mean for people with HIV?"  (PDF)


Background on the webinar 
At the of June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Affordable Care Act.  On July 10, hosted a webinar to help you understand the Supreme Court's decision and its implications for health care access for people with HIV.
HIV Health Reform (July 31, 2012)


Filling the Gaps: Dental Care, Coverage and Access  

While the Affordable Care Act is expected to expand public and private coverage for children when it takes effect in 2014, significant gaps will remain, especially for low-income adults age 21 and older. This June 19, 2012 public forum at the Foundation's Washington, D.C. offices examined the gaps and disparities in dental coverage and care in the United States today; the health, social, and other consequences of these systemic deficiencies; and promising strategies for ensuring access to oral health care for all Americans. The Foundation also released four new and updated resources that present data and analyze issues related to oral health care, coverage and access in the U.S. (June 19, 2012) 

Explaining HIV to Young Children

MediKidz Explain HIV 


What's Up with Matt?  

"Hi! We are the Medikidz! We live on Planet Mediland. 

 [MediKidz Cover.JPG]   MediKidz Cover Our mission is to put medical information about disease and medicines into plain words for sick kids, their families and friends all around the world. 

We all have expert knowledge about different parts of Mediland. Not only do we know how Mediland works, we also know how the human body works! 

With our combined knowledge we can teach kids about any part of the body and any disease!"  


Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair, John Taddeo, Dr. Vas Novelli and Dr. Karyn Moshal

(Copyright 2009, 2010) 

Reaching the Homosexual Male

Reaching Gay Men 


Avatars In the past we have highlighted the work of our colleagues who are using virtual tools to reach their target audience. This month, LGBTQ pride month, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) launched a new campaign that incorporates the use of avatars and texting to promote HIV testing. We asked them to share more about the campaign, and will follow up with them in six months to share their lessons learned.

And we are pleased to be working with SFAF as they helped us plan our satellite session on the state of new media and HIV at AIDS 2012. (June 18, 2012) 

HIV/AIDS Care Toolkit

Health IT for HIV/AIDS Care Toolbox ' Health IT ' Toolbox 


Selection and Implementation of Health IT Tools for HIV/AIDS Care Financing. It describes how these technologies can support care coordination. 

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