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STD Prevention is a part of HIV Prevention: STD Awareness Month

gail bolen

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month. And for this month, I’d like to focus on the link between STD prevention and HIV prevention. CDC has been invested in exploring the intersection of HIV and other STDs. Every year, 20 million new STDs occur including 50,000 new HIV infections. We know that people…

CDC & HRSA Advance Efforts to Support Integrated State HIV Plans

Ronald Valdiserri

In a recent joint letter [PDF 28KB] to grantees, leadership of HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) and CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) re-affirmed their support for integrated HIV prevention and care planning groups and activities. They also announced a common 2016 deadline for key plans that will enable the submission of integrated state HIV plans. This…

World TB Day

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Today, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day. The annual observance provides the opportunity to raise awareness about TB-related problems and solutions and to support worldwide TB-control efforts. World TB Day also calls us to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause…

Organizations Work to Reduce HIV/AIDS among African American Women and Latinas

The Strategy in Action. Communities respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

One of the key goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to reduce HIV-related health disparities, including those experienced by African American and Latina women who are disproportionately affected at all stages of HIV infection compared to women of other races/ethnicities. Despite an encouraging decrease in new HIV infections among black women (21% between 2008…

PrEP Topics Examined at CROI 2014

Ronald Valdiserri

Among the many issues being discussed by the scientists, providers, and advocates gathered at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  in Boston this week is pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. In a number of clinical trials, daily oral PrEP has been proven to be an effective biomedical intervention for reducing the risk…

Conversations from CROI 2014: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

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While at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Given that the HIV care continuum has been a topic of significant interest here at the conference, Dr. Mermin…

A New Tool for Treating STIs and Preventing HIV

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH

Annual surveillance data published last month in the 2012 STD Surveillance Report show that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) threaten the health and well-being of millions of people in the United States. However, each of the 20 million new cases [PDF 1.5MB] of STIs that occur annually in the United States is potentially preventable. One of the many…

Nominations Sought for CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC). The 18-member Advisory Committee provides advice to the HHS Secretary, CDC’s Director, and HRSA’s Administrator on objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and…

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