April is STD Awareness Month

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“A person who has an STD will also always have discharge or bumps as symptoms of the infection.” “STD testing is for cheaters.” “The birth control pill will protect me from common STDs.” After working in the STD clinic setting for many years, and in my current role as the Director of CDC’s Division of…

National Minority Health Month: Training the Public Health Work Force

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For National Minority Health Month, I want to raise an issue that is vital to improve the health and health equity of our Nation: that is, the development of a public health workforce that reflects the diversity of the U.S. population. In relation to HIV, it is critical that we ensure a workforce that has the…

CDC Observes National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

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Dear Colleague, April 10th is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). It is the first awareness day to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic specifically on young people. This annual observance was created by Advocates for Youth  and other partners to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young…

An Era of New Possibilities: HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men

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We have achieved some hard-won victories against HIV in recent years. New infections among women and injection drug users are declining, people with HIV are living longer, and more people than ever know their HIV status.  But one population — gay and bisexual men –is seeing infections rise, driven by increases among young gay men….

$60M Investment Supports Community Collaboratives to Strengthen HIV Prevention and Care for Gay Men of Color

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A new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week invests over $60 million from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) in a four-year demonstration project designed to improve HIV outcomes for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Up…

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


March 20, 2015, is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day . This day is an opportunity for Native people across the United States to learn about HIV and AIDS, encourage HIV counseling and testing in Native communities, and help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. On March 20, we recognize the impact of HIV and AIDS on…

Conversations from CROI 2015: CDC’s Dr. John Ward on Hepatitis C


i Hepatitis C was in the spotlight last week at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Seattle. So Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, spoke with Dr. John Ward, Director of CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis about some of the key science findings being discussed as well as…

Conversations from CROI 2015: Dr. Laura Cheever

Colleagues from HRSA and CDC collaborated on a poster presented at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)  last week that demonstrated the effectiveness of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. We had the opportunity to discuss these research findings with Dr. Laura Cheever, HRSA’s Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau, which manages the Ryan White…