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News by Topic: HIV and AIDS

Feb 6, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the information collection project titled " Surveillance of Persons with Early and Late HIV Diagnosis (SHIELD)." This project will collect information from people recently diagnosed with HIV at early or late diagnosis to understand barriers to HIV prevention and testing services contributing to transmission. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 30, 2023 - Notice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking comment on revised draft guidance titled "Recommendations for Evaluating Donor Eligibility Using Individual Risk-Based Questions to Reduce the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products; Draft Guidance for Industry." The draft guidance provides blood establishments that collect blood or blood components, including Source Plasma, with FDA's revised donor deferral recommendations for individuals with increased risk for transmitting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The FDA now recommends assessing donor eligibility using gender-inclusive, individual risk-based questions relevant to HIV risk. Comments are due by March 31, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 5, 2023 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing updates to the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule – a HRSA-supported guideline for infants, children, and adolescents for purposes of ensuring that non-grandfathered group and individual health insurance issuers provide coverage without cost sharing under the Public Health Service Act – regarding the recommended age range for adolescent universal screening for HIV.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 20, 2022 - Notice of charter renewal for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC). The renewal is effective through November 25, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 19, 2022 - Describes efforts to combat a lingering HIV outbreak in Kanawha County, West Virginia, that has disproportionately affected people who live on society's margins. Notes that although the CDC made recommendations to improve access to sterile syringes in this county, recently enacted state and local laws and ordinances have made clean syringes harder to get, especially in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Dec 15, 2022 - Describes a new study showing that family medicine physicians in rural areas tend to be less comfortable providing sexual risk reduction counseling to adolescents compared with physicians in urban areas, including conversations around HIV and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). A total of 256 family medicine physicians completed an online survey between July 15 and August 9, 2022.
Source: AJMC