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CDC Expands Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign™, Launches Spanish Version

Dentengamos Juntos el VIH

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the national HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together™, including the launch of a Spanish-language version of the campaign, Detengamos Juntos el VIH™. The campaign now includes new participants, more materials in both Spanish and English, and HIV awareness and testing information…

Addressing the Needs of Individuals Coinfected with HIV and TB

Ronald Valdiserri

This weekend, we observe World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (Sunday, March 24), a day to remember that the global burden of TB remains enormous, particularly among people with HIV/AIDS, among whom TB is the leading cause of death, worldwide. According to the World Health Organization  (WHO), in 2011, 1.4 million people died from TB, including 430,000…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Mermin Croi 2013

During the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta earlier this month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. We discussed some of the important research findings being shared at the conference and their implications for our efforts to respond effectively…

Conversations from CROI 2013: CDC’s Dr. John Ward

Dr. John Ward

Viral hepatitis was among the topics receiving significant attention at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta this week. Sessions and posters explored a spectrum of topics ranging from virology to new frontiers in hepatitis treatments as well as examinations of HIV/HCV coinfection and its treatment. Following his conference address, “Expanding…

HIV Among MSM Examined at CROI

Ronald Valdiserri

The ongoing disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS borne by gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States as well as around the world was the topic of a number of sessions and posters at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  in Atlanta this week. In a compelling…

Daily-use HIV Prevention Approaches Didn’t Work for African Women in the VOICE Study

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According to findings of a major HIV prevention trial presented Monday, March 4, 2013 at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), study participants who received daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) did not experience any protection against HIV compared to those in the placebo arm, likely because very few were taking the study…

CDC Director Frieden Opens CROI

Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opened the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections  (CROI) in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, March 3, 2013. In welcoming the more than 4,000 conference participants from 91 countries to the city in which CDC is headquartered, Dr. Frieden reflected on both…

Addressing Hepatitis C Disparities in the African American Community

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As we celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American community. African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population, according to the CDC. While African Americans represent only…