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Mermin Named Director of CDC Center

Jonathan Mermin

Jonathan “Jono” Mermin, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the new director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He will begin his tenure on July 25. Dr. Mermin has a very unique perspective in addressing NCHHSTP’s lifesaving mission with…

HHS releases new Public Health Service guideline to reduce disease transmission through organ transplantation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2013 Updated recommendations can reduce unexpected disease transmission in organ recipients Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new guideline  to improve patient safety by reducing unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. This guideline updates the 1994 U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) guideline for preventing transmission of…

CDC Launches First National Campaign to Increase Hepatitis B Testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

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Editor’s note: In an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week, CDC and its partner Hep B United launched a new national public awareness campaign that encourages screening for hepatitis B among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The new campaign supports implementation of the federal government’s Action Plan for the…

Implementing HIV Prevention Methods on the Local Level: Mario Perez Discusses Use of PrEP in Los Angeles County

Mario Perez

As outlined in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, one of the key steps to successfully reducing the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. is expanding targeted HIV prevention efforts using a combination of effective, evidence-based approaches. Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Mario Pérez, Director of the Division of HIV and STD…

Conversation with AIDS.gov: Dr. Valdiserri on HIV and Viral Hepatitis Screening

Ronald Valdiserri

In advance of National HIV Testing Day, AIDS.gov recently had a conversation with Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy. We talked about the importance of HIV testing, particularly as it relates to meeting the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and…

HRSA to host National HIV Testing Day Webcast

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“Take the Test, Take Control,” the theme for National HIV Testing Day, is the message we want to deliver to the half a million people who don’t know they are living with HIV. National HIV Testing Day is June 27 and of the approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States,…

Using Social Networking to Promote HIV Testing

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At AIDS 2012, the world’s largest HIV conference, a new media declaration was released which encouraged stakeholders in the HIV community to assess how they can use new media to extend the reach of their HIV program messages. For National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), June 27, I have gathered a few examples of organizations that have…

Social Work and HIV/AIDS

Sanford E. Gaylord

Social workers have always been critical to our nation’s response to HIV. In working to connect newly diagnosed people to HIV care and to help people to stay in care, social workers are now helping to make the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) real. Social workers, like others, also have a role in…

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