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fat ladyA routine physical in 2004 at LifeLong Medical Care, a community health center in West Berkeley, showed Kelly Parker, unemployed and uninsured for almost two years, that she was overweight and had diabetes.

Doctors at the center quickly put Parker, then 30, on medications, urged her to go on a diet and follow an exercise regimen – all for little or no cost. The incentive was enough for Parker to never miss a doctor’s appointment or periodic checkups at the clinic from then on.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in November that half of all new HIV infections in 2010 affected 12,200 young gay and bisexual teenagers and men. More than half the victims were African American, although young black people are more likely to get tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than other at-risk groups, the study reported.

The study titled, "HIV Among Youth in the US: Protecting a Generation," appeared in Vital Signs, an online newsletter, published by the CDC, which is based in Atlanta.

Vital Signs reported that 26 percent of new HIV infections occurred among young people 13 to 24 years old. Four out of five HIV infections affect males.

Miami-Dade County Health Department, STD/HIV Prevention and Control Program in partnership with Miami-Dade Transit, 3-1-1 and the Office of Community Advocacy Board of County Commissioners, will hold free Rapid HIV testing at Miami-Dade Metrorail Stations in observance of World AIDS Day.  The event is called “TAKE the TRAIN…TAKE the TEST” and will take place Friday, November 30, 2012 from noon to 6:00pm.

Rapid HIV testing is free and open to the public, test result around 20 minutes; counseling and testing will be offered.  Rapid HIV testing will be available at the following Metrorail stations:

The Obama administration moved forward today to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans, and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.

"The Affordable Care Act is building a health insurance market that works for consumers," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Thanks to the health care law, no one will be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition."