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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…

Sounding the Alarm on a Silent Epidemic: Federal HIV/STD Advisory Group Adopts Viral Hepatitis as Priority

Antigone Dempsey, M.Ed.

In support of enhanced cross-government efforts to address the prevention, care and treatment of viral hepatitis, a federal advisory body on HIV and STDs recently expanded its scope and title to include viral hepatitis. Now known as the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC), the body advises the…

Part II: Using Video to Mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

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Today we call our readers attention to three new videos released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HIV Among African Americans  discusses the impact of HIV on African Americans and what actions can be taken to mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Factors Driving the HIV Epidemic Among African Americans  highlights social factors—often…

Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Today is the 13th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In Black America, HIV continues to be a crisis.  African Americans account for half of the 1 million plus Americans living with HIV, nearly half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. each year, and half of all those who die from…

Report on HIV Testing in HRSA-Funded Health Centers

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Earlier this month, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report on a study about HIV testing practices at HRSA-funded health centers. These health centers are important partners in our coordinated efforts to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS): reducing new HIV…

Chatting on Twitter for NBHAAD

Wayne Duffus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, will be hosting a Twitter event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, at 2pm ET, to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which takes place annually on February 7. Twitter events give us an opportunity to connect with people across the country and in…

CDC Releases Data on New Cases of HIV

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Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on HIV incidence in the United States from 2007 to 2010. There were an estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in 2010, and incidence remains relatively stable at about 50,000. Data from this report also show two noteworthy trends; first, between 2008 and 2010, new…

Syphilis and HIV: A Dangerous Duo Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men

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Trend data released today in CDC’s 2011 STD Surveillance Report show that primary and secondary syphilis rates are increasing among gay and bisexual men, who now account for more than 70% of all infections. During the 1990s, syphilis primarily occurred among heterosexual men and women of racial and ethnic minority groups. However, the tide shifted…