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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 

HIV Care Continuum: Controlling the Virus is Key

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Today, CDC released a new Vital Signs Report on HIV. The data support the call-to-action to increase the number of people living with HIV who achieve viral suppression. Having very low levels of HIV in the body, achieved by taking antiretroviral medicines allows people living with HIV to have nearly normal lifespans and greatly reduces…

Too Few Latinos Living with HIV are Getting Adequate Treatment

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As National Latino AIDS Awareness Day approaches on October 15, I invite all of you to help change the course of HIV in Hispanic/Latino communities. Hispanics/Latinos represent one-sixth of the U.S. population, but account for over one-fifth of the nation’s new HIV infections. A number of challenges increase the burden of disease in these communities,…

A Prescription for Ending the HIV Epidemic

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Antiretroviral treatment can enable HIV-infected Americans to avoid the debilitating illnesses and premature death once nearly inescapable for people with the infection. Research has shown that, when taken consistently, these medications also greatly reduce transmission of the virus to others. In other words, if everyone in the United States who is infected with HIV took antiretroviral therapy…

CDC Launches New Campaign – HIV Treatment Works – For People Living with HIV

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HIV Treatment Works is a national campaign that was launched today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and stay on treatment as directed. People from across the United States who are living with HIV joined…

CDC LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN – We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time

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Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez or We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time was launched today! This new national communications campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the latest addition to the Act Against AIDS portfolio, encourages Hispanics/Latinos to talk openly about HIV and AIDS with…

New Leaders of CDC’s HIV and TB Divisions Named

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Two new Division Directors will begin their tenure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) on August 11. Eugene McCray, MD, is the new Director of NCHHSTP’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). In this capacity, he will lead the Division’s work to promote…

Hepatitis C Virus: 25 Years of Progress

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Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to watch the informative sessions described in Dr. Mermin’s post below. Twenty-five years ago, on April 21, hepatitis C virus (HCV) was recognized as a distinct virus by the journal Science. Since that time, many advances have been made in the testing and treatment of HCV. Several medications are…

Prevention through Health Care Website: A Guide to the Changing Health System

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched the Prevention of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB through Health Care website. This online resource is intended to help state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies, community- and faith-based organizations, and other partners leverage changes in the health system to strengthen the delivery of…