Monday, May 06, 2013

The Swirl Edition

Producing COP 24/7 and More

It never amazes me at the time and effort that it takes to put this little exercise in citizen journalism and town square piece. For those of you who are new to COP 24/7, welcome. If not, welcome back. According to the Google metrics and analytical tools that allow me to get snapshots of the inner workings or behind the scenes connection of this forum often gives me some surprises. As I've stated many times before, I'm totally blown away at exactly who is "checking in" or stopping by to see what I'm up too.

However, as time would have it, often I get "back logged" and sometimes find myself over loaded with the process of sorting, editing, sifting and doing what I felt is my damn best to keep bringing my audience not only "what's really going on" regionally but staying on point throughout my postings. There has been talk of using this platform as a frame for an "experimental" platform to communicate prevention messages as well as other vital information within the LGBTQ community. So far, its all been lot's of "talk-talk" with some hints that some how someone over the rainbow will perhaps decide that its a good idea. Well, let's not hold our breathe on any of that but you can be assured that if any of this rolls forward, you'll be the first to know. If you think its a good idea, then by all means let's hear from any or all of you.

 So if you roll through and it seems that we may be running behind or caught up in other processes, then don't worry. We are always just a click away from refreshing and updating! If you are not following us, then why not? Do it today and don't forget to share your comments or observations.

New USPSTF HIV Testing Recommendation Paves the Way for Increased Testing and Timely HIV Diagnosis in the U.S.

This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Exit Disclaimer (USPSTF) released a new Recommendation Statement Exit Disclaimer on screening for HIV, giving a “Grade A” recommendation for routine HIV screening for all people aged 15 to 65, as well as younger adolescents and older adults who are at an increased risk for HIV infection. It also gave a “Grade A” recommendation for HIV screening for all pregnant women, including those in labor whose HIV status is unknown. (Read a fact sheet Exit Disclaimer [PDF 120KB] about the new USPSTF HIV screening recommendations.)

Implementation of these recommendations will aid substantially in efforts to improve the HIV treatment cascade and achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

The new Recommendation Statement aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings, issued in 2006. In that document, the CDC recommended that opt-out HIV screening be a part of routine clinical care for American adolescents and adults aged 13-64.

Contact your local health provider or primary care physician for more information on screening availability or referrals.

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