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Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH

Deputy Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. @DrDeanCDC 

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Hazel Dean

In the United States, women remain heavily impacted by HIV. At the end of 2010, one in four people living with HIV were women. However, not all women are equally at risk for HIV. Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV compared with women of other races/ethnicities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Fighting Hepatitis C Among African Americans

Hazel Dean

February is Black History Month, a time to commemorate the achievements of African Americans in the United States. It also presents an opportunity to discuss serious health concerns that affect the African American community, including viral hepatitis and especially Hepatitis C. The most common type of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis C, with an estimated 3.2…

Progress on the HIV Continuum of Care Among Blacks

Hazel Dean

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study, “Progress Along the Continuum of HIV Care Among Blacks with Diagnosed HIV— United States, 2010,” in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study looked at outcomes for adult and adolescent blacks, both male and female, who have HIV for the…

Join National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Twitter Town Hall on Feb. 7 at Noon ET

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7

Please join me for a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Twitter chat/”town hall meeting” on Friday, February 7, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Twitter town hall is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AIDSVu , along with the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Committee  and the National Association for the Advancement of…

Minority Health Determines the Health of the Nation

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Hazel Dean

April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most important health issues for minorities that we can highlight for this month is HIV. The estimated lifetime risk for a diagnosis of HIV infection is a key measure of the disparities that exist for this disease in the United States. CDC estimates that were…

Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Hazel Dean

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…

CDC Launches ‘Take Charge. Take the Test.

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Today (March 14), during the White House “Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women & Gender Related Health Disparities” event, the newly announced Office of National AIDS Policy Director Dr. Grant Colfax spoke to those gathered at the White House. During his remarks he referred to the CDC’s social marketing HIV testing campaign for women, Take…

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…