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National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

Kevin Fenton: Health Protection Perspectives

October 15 is the eighth annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), a day to take action to stop the spread of HIV in Latino communities across the United States. Founded by the Latino Commission on AIDS , NLAAD focuses on how Latinos can work together to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the community….

Making HIV Prevention the Priority

Kevin Fenton: Health Protection Perspectives

On September 24th, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that CDC allocated $30 million of the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund to expand HIV prevention efforts under the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The funding includes nearly $22 million of grants for state and local health departments….

Changing How We Think about HIV Awareness

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AIDS.gov funded 17 organizations serving communities of color, other communities at highest risk of HIV, and people living with HIV. The funding was intended to stimulate and support the organizations’ efforts to use new media to plan for and support HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care activities and to share best practices within communities at…

HIV in the City

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Today, CDC released a new study of HIV prevalence and unrecognized infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) in 21 major U.S. cities, based on an analysis of data from the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS). Overall, researchers found that approximately one in five (19 percent) MSM was infected with HIV…

Public Health and Homelessness

Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH - Health Protection Perspectives

Homelessness is associated with disproportionate rates of various chronic and infectious diseases, poor mental health, substance abuse, and violence. These are real public health issues, and CDC is committed to addressing these issues in our public health work. Whether it’s providing epi-aid assistance for a TB outbreak in a shelter, or facilitating integrative STD/HIV/Hepatitis/TB screening…

XVIII International AIDS Conference

Kevin Fenton: Health Protection Perspectives

Greetings from the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna! It is invigorating to once again be among the more than 20,000 HIV/AIDS scientists, public health officials, advocates, and front-line workers in the fight against this disease. The International AIDS Conference always provides a platform for the world’s HIV/AIDS leaders to share the latest information and…

Act Against AIDS: the First Year

Kevin Fenton: Health Protection Perspectives

In April 2009, CDC and the White House launched Act Against AIDS (AAA), a 5-year, $45-million communication campaign. After almost 20 years since the last national HIV campaign, it was past time to again initiate a national conversation about one of the worst epidemics this country has ever experienced. In the United States, we have…

Public Health Reports Social Determinants of Health

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Co-authored by Dr. Hazel Dean, Deputy Director from the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention On June 7, Public Health Reports released a special issue that focuses on Social Determinants of Health in the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis . This groundbreaking supplement brings…