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CDC’s New Risk Reduction Tool: Exploring Prevention Options

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New biomedical approaches to HIV, such as routine use of ART to treat and prevent HIV, and the use of PrEP and PEP, require changes and greater precision in how we communicate about HIV prevention.  In December 2015, at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, CDC launched a pilot version of a new tool…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Each May, many partners across the federal government, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its agencies, join with numerous non-federal and community allies to raise awareness of viral hepatitis during Hepatitis Awareness Month. The month-long observance includes national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th. These represent important opportunities to promote hepatitis…

Syringe Services Programs: Requesting a Determination of Need in Consultation with CDC – Webinar.

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People who inject drugs (PWID) are at risk for Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV infection through the sharing of needles and drug-preparation equipment. The risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis, and other blood-borne infections can be substantially reduced by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection….

STD Awareness Month: CDC Encourages Everyone to Talk, Test, and Treat

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A special note to the public from Dr. Gail Bolan, Director, Division of STD Prevention, CDC, this STD Awareness Month. April is STD Awareness Month, which gives us the opportunity to talk about sexual health in an inclusive way that speaks to individuals from all walks of life. Sex is a part of most of…

National Transgender HIV Testing Day – Chandi Moore CDC Blog & Twitter Chat Today at 3:00 PM (EST)

Chandi Moore, CDC's Doing It Campaign

Editor’s Note: From CDC’s Doing It – an HIV testing and prevention campaign.   It’s Our Time – The Transgender Community and HIV/AIDS By: Chandi Moore, Health Education Associate at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles On a recent episode of ‘I am Cait,’ I shared about my past and how difficult my journey has been….

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…

Federal Work Group Looks to Future of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Federal Viral Hepatitis Leadership group - March 2016

Viral hepatitis is a growing public health problem in the United States. This increase is being fueled in part by the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating families and communities across the country. These new cases add to the millions of people who are already living with viral hepatitis, many of whom have…

The White House: Our Commitment to Improving Outcomes in the Transgender Community

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Summary: Find out what happened when The White House hosted a consultation with advocates on effectively addressing HIV in the transgender community. This week, as National LGBT Health Awareness Week comes to a close, we wanted to recognize the ongoing work and challenges to improve the lives of transgender Americans. In February, we held the…