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STD Prevention is a part of HIV Prevention: STD Awareness Month

gail bolen

April marks the annual observance of STD Awareness Month. And for this month, I’d like to focus on the link between STD prevention and HIV prevention. CDC has been invested in exploring the intersection of HIV and other STDs. Every year, 20 million new STDs occur including 50,000 new HIV infections. We know that people…

AIDSinfo Releases New, Redesigned HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets

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AIDSinfo has released new, redesigned fact sheets on a variety of HIV/AIDS topics. Our fact sheets are written in easy-to-read language and are meant to complement the federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines. They are an excellent patient education resource for people with HIV, their family and friends, and anyone who wants to learn more…

HIV Impact on Gay and Bisexual Men: The 4th Decade

Jonathan Mermin

Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD), an observance that reminds us that HIV continues to take a heavy toll on gay and bisexual men across the United States. Even after more than 30 years of AIDS, this community remains at the center of the U.S. epidemic. Men who have sex with men…

Affordable Care Act Broadens Public Health Foundation

Jonathan Mermin

A call that began in 2011 from the U.S. Department of State is still loud and clear today: that we can achieve an AIDS-free generation. High-impact prevention, continuum-of-care efforts, and sound prevention science, including PrEP, are a part of ending new HIV infections in this country. Through the Affordable Care Act, we will have a…

FDA approves first rapid diagnostic test to detect both HIV-1 antigen and HIV-1/2 antibodies

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first rapid Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test for the simultaneous detection of HIV-1 p24 antigen as well as antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 in human serum, plasma, and venous or fingerstick whole blood specimens. Approved for use as an aid in the diagnosis of HIV-1…

Secretary Sebelius Discusses the Importance of the Affordable Care Act in Responding to HIV/AIDS

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In a new video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discusses some of the ways the Affordable Care Act is supporting people at risk for or living with HIV. She has previously observed that the law is “one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of our fight against HIV/AIDS.”…

Take the Test and Take Control: National HIV Testing Day

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Take control of your health and observe the nineteenth annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) by taking an HIV test.  The 2013 NHTD theme, “Take the Test and Take Control,” promotes the importance of HIV testing in detecting, treating, and preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.  CDC reported that, since the mid-1990’s, the number of…

Advances in HIV Testing

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Today is the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). HIV testing is the first critical step to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States, and testing and linkage to care continue to be the mainstay of our prevention efforts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV testing is the only way…