Effective HIV Prevention Programs in the U.S.

On Monday, February 28, Dr. Jonathan Mermin gave a plenary presentation at the 18th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Dr. Mermin is the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.  His talk was titled The Science and Practice of HIV Prevention in the U.S. We encourage you to view and/or listen to his presentation, which includes slides and data.

Dr. Ronald Valdiserri had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Mermin after his presentation, and we wanted to share their conversation with you. Please enjoy the following podcast and give us your feedback.

To watch other presentations from CROI, visit the conference Webcast Sessions page.


  1. Donald Babb says:

    You can view and hear Dr. Mermin’s presentation at the link above, but you can only download the audio (MP3 file).

    Are the slides from the presentation available anywhere for download?

  2. Jessica says:

    I think that the three points discussed are very important but I find it interesting that the power of knowledge wasn’t mentioned. There are many interventions to prevent and treat HIV but I think that simply the understanding the disease and being aware of the modes of transmission could potentially decrease the number of incidences a year by some percentage. In many situations during our lectures in nursing school, we have been taught a preventative upstream approach and I think that simply teaching the vulnerable populations the basics of the disease and this could potentially help the epidemic.

  3. Jessica says:

    I find these points to be very helpful and interesting. However, I think the simple fact that knowledge is power will help in the reduction of the HIV epidemic. Understanding all the modes of transmission, treatment, prevelance, ect. will help decrease the incidence. Yesterday on, there was an article claiming that there is man who has been “cured” of HIV. I found it very interesting to read.

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