Policy Updates: Hill Happenings and Administration Activities

By Mike Weir July 9, 2018

Hill Happenings

340B Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the 340B program on Wednesday, July 11. The hearing is entitled, “Opportunities to Improve the 340B Drug Pricing Program.” The subcommittee will be reviewing a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the 340B program. 

FY2019 Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee’s markup of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Educations and Related Agencies Appropriations (LHHS) funding bill has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 11.

Administration Activities

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

NASTAD signed onto a letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue its investment in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) optional module to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

2018 National STD Prevention Conference

The 2018 STD Prevention Conference will be held August 27-30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Registration for the conference is now open.

2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

The 2018 Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment will be held December 11-14, 2018 in Oxon Hill, MD. Registration for the conference is now open. 

2019 National HIV Prevention Conference

The 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) will be held March 18-21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the updated website for more information about tracks, session and abstract formats, and to view the tentative conference schedule. Abstract submissions are due by midnight EDT on July 20, 2018.

Resources

Strategies to Increase Access to Hepatitis C (HCV) Treatment within ADAPs: Provider Decision Tree

Webinar: More than Tested, Empowered – Addressing Barriers to HCV Care Among People Who Use Drugs

Effect of Screening With Primary Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing on High-grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia at 48 Months

Patient Access Network Foundation 2017 Annual Report

Impact of providing Preexposure prophylaxis for HIV at clinics for sexually transmitted infections in Baltimore city: an agent-based model

News Bulletin

Preventing H.I.V.

“We must develop prevention strategies that align with human nature, not against it. If you tell someone that his sex life is no longer equated with illness and death, it is only to be expected that he will enjoy sex more.”

Out-Of-Pocket Costs Put HIV Prevention Drug Out Of Reach For Many At Risk

“Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections. But the officials are hitting roadblocks — the drug’s price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a heftier financial burden on patients.”

HIV-prevention program that uses soap operas and games shows results

“An interactive online HIV prevention program has reduced the sexually transmitted infection rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia by 40 percent among young gay and bisexual men, the first such approach to show an impact on sexual health, a new study found.”

Health Official Who Urged Abstinence Says Views Have Changed

“Redfield told The Associated Press this week that it has become clear to him that condoms and needle exchanges work as part of comprehensive programs to stop the spread of certain infectious diseases. "One thing I can commit to is CDC is not an opinion organization. It's a science-based, data-driven organization," he said.”

Needle Exchanges, Once Radical, Need An Update To Survive In Rural America

“From a public health perspective, syringe exchanges are a straightforward, evidence-based way to stop the spread of infectious disease from needle sharing. But politically and socially, they’re more complex.”

Diabetes isn't adequately managed in women with HIV, says US research

“Optimum targets for control of type 2 diabetes are achieved in only 11% of women with HIV or at risk of HIV, according to US research published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. The proportion of women attaining these targets did not differ according to HIV status. Participants were monitored over a 15-year period. The proportion of HIV-positive women with viral control more than doubled during the period of analysis, but the percentage meeting key markers for control of type 2 diabetes remained low throughout the study.”

Dead of AIDS and Forgotten in Potter’s Field

“The island would go on to receive scores, if not hundreds, of people who died during the AIDS epidemic, which during the 1980s and 1990s killed more than 100,000 people in New York, about a quarter of AIDS deaths nationwide during the same period.”

Most doctors would give HIV prevention drugs to teens

“Researchers surveyed 162 doctors who worked with adolescents and young adults. While 93 percent of the clinicians had heard of PrEP, only 35 percent had prescribed it. About 65 percent of the survey participants said they would be willing to prescribe PrEP to adolescents, and another 19 percent were willing to refer teens to another clinician for the prescription.”

Job Opportunities

HIV/AIDS Program Manager

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is hiring for a HIV/AIDS Program Manager position to oversee the Department’s Ryan White Part B Program.