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Jonathan Mermin

M.D., M.P.H., Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

In Appreciation of Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s 27 Years of Federal Service

Dr. Mermin & Dr. Valdiserri

At the end of 2015, we bid farewell to Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who retired from an exemplary career in Federal service. Over many years, Ron played key roles in the Federal responses to HIV and viral hepatitis, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the HHS Office of…

CDC Syringe Services Programs Statement

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Congress has given states and local communities, under limited circumstances, the opportunity to use federal funds to support certain components of syringe services programs. These programs provide sterile injection equipment and may also link individuals to services including HIV and hepatitis C testing and care for those infected, substance abuse treatment, and overdose prevention. Outbreaks…

PrEP: From Agreement to Action

Dr. Jonathan Mermin at NHPC 2015

“The science has spoken… There can now be no excuse for inaction.” At last week’s National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, many participants were in agreement with this call to action from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.  The evidence is clear that antiretroviral medicine…

PrEP: A Powerful Prevention Tool

CDC Vital Signs blog - Nov 2015

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…

Data Provide Insight to Improve Adolescents’ Health

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Young adults face the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. Here are the eye-opening facts: Young adults aged 15 to 24 account for half of the 20 million new STDs that occur in the U.S. each year. [PDF 1,604 KB] As compared to other groups, women aged 15 to 24…

The NCHHSTP Atlas: Putting CDC Data to Work for You

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Editorial Note: “See data differently. See it better!” You may have seen this tweet  from Dr. Mermin about the NCHHSTP Atlas. Here is a blog with more information about the tool.  It is easier to fight what you can see. That’s certainly true in a sport like boxing. It is also, perhaps surprisingly, true in…

HIV and Aging

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Editor’s Note: Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. Following is a blog by Dr. Jono Mermin, Centers for Disease Control, and Dr. Sean Cahill, Fenway Institute.  National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day is a day to reflect on the successes and challenges of aging with HIV. Currently, about one quarter of all people…

A New Digital Tool for Treating STDs and Preventing HIV

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its updated STD Treatment Guidelines, which have played a critical role for 30 years in advising healthcare providers on the best ways to diagnose and treat these infections….