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Eugene McCray

M.D., Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC 

With Better Data, a Foundation for Stronger HIV Prevention

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High quality data form the backbone of our nation’s HIV response. National surveillance of HIV cases provides the critical information we need to set prevention priorities, allocate limited prevention resources, and measure our collective progress against the disease. HIV surveillance is one of CDC’s most important responsibilities. That’s why, every year since 1982, CDC has…

HIV Prevention Efforts for Hispanics/Latinos must improve

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Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2014, 23% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States were among Hispanics/Latinos, who represent 16% of the US population. Hispanics/Latinos account for 21% of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States. Recently, CDC released two reports showing that HIV prevention strategies among…

Research Shows Promising Trends in HIV Testing and Earlier Diagnosis among Gay and Bisexual Men—But Many Living with HIV Still Have Unmet Needs

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In the years we have been writing about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, there has often been good news tempered by bad news. This year is no different. As we work to raise awareness and spur action on this National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we have evidence that our efforts in HIV testing are paying…

National HIV Testing Day Efforts Increase HIV Testing but Testing Opportunities Still Missed During Most Health Care Visits

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Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), a day to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing and to create events that make it easy to obtain an HIV test. Currently, an estimated 87 percent of people living with HIV in the United States know of their infection. But there is still much work…

With new data, states can better focus HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

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As CDC reported [PDF 2.3 MB] in December, our nation is making substantial but uneven progress on HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Over the past decade, new HIV diagnoses declined significantly among white MSM, but increased among Latino MSM. Among black MSM, the sharp increases we…

New Federal Actions to Address HIV in the Transgender Community

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Transgender communities in the United States are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection. The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) observes that, historically, our efforts focused on this population have been limited, but that the federal government has made strides in improving our response since 2010. Urging that we remain vigilant in increasing knowledge…

Driving down HIV disparities among African Americans

Eugene McCray, M.D., Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held every year on February 7, is a time to take stock of the progress we’ve made in addressing the burden of HIV among African Americans. Even though African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States, accounting for almost half of all HIV diagnoses in…

PrEP: A Powerful Prevention Tool

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Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2015 HIV Vital Signs focusing on preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This Vital Signs includes two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR), one from CDC and one from New York State Department of Health: Vital Signs: Estimated Percentages and Numbers of Adults with Indications for Preexposure…