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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."

TRPOpening1The American Red Cross South Florida Region officially opened its first Transition and Reintegration (TRP) office today under the Community Blueprint project, where it will offer essential assessment and case management services for veterans returning home to South Florida to help them re-acclimate to civilian life.

The Community Blueprint project is a nationwide program designed to address the most common challenges facing veterans, returning service members and their families by transforming goodwill into service. The American Red Cross serves as an advisor to the project.