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- July 17, 2014 - International AIDS Conference 2014
The 20th International AIDS Conference, in Melbourne, Australia, will take place from July 20-July 25. This conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learned, and collectively chart a course forward.
For your coverage of the conference, please find below materials on key CDC conference presentations, including the latest data on HIV- and STD-related sexual risk behaviors among U.S. high school students.Primary Materials Related Materials
- June 26, 2014 - CDC Recommends New HIV Testing Approach in Labs to Diagnose Infection Earlier
National HIV Testing Day (June 27) offers an opportunity to reflect on the pivotal role that HIV testing plays in our nation’s ever-expanding prevention toolkit. Today, CDC is recommending a new approach for HIV testing in laboratories that capitalizes on the latest technology to improve diagnosis of acute infection, the earliest stage of HIV infection when people are most likely to transmit the virus.
For your stories about the new recommendations, please find below a statement from Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director, CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, as well as other useful background resources on the new approach and on HIV testing.Primary Materials Related Materials
- June 25, 2014 - Huffington Post Op-Ed Blog by Dr. Jonathan Mermin, NCHHSTP Director:
To End America's Hepatitis C Epidemic, Bring It Out of the Shadows
- June 10, 2014 - 2014 STD Prevention Conference
More than 1,500 researchers, public health experts, clinicians, and advocates will convene in Atlanta for the 2014 STD Prevention Conference, held June 9-12, 2014. This year’s conference will focus on identifying the most effective and efficient ways to improve prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and treatment efforts in the United States and around the world.
For your stories about the conference, please find below a “studies of interest” document highlighting findings from key research presented at this year’s conference, which includes helpful background information on the topics.Media Materials
- May 21, 2014 - New CDC campaign inspires life-saving conversations about HIV among gay & bisexual men
Today CDC launched Start Talking. Stop HIV., a new national communication campaign encouraging gay and bisexual men to talk openly with their sexual partners about HIV risk and prevention strategies.
For your stories about the new campaign, please find below a press release, as well as other useful background resources on the campaign and on HIV.Primary Materials Related Materials
- May 14, 2014 - New Guidelines Recommend Daily HIV Prevention Pill for Those at Substantial Risk
New clinical guidelines recommend that health care providers consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for patients at substantial risk for HIV. PrEP is the use of anti-HIV drugs by people who do not have HIV to reduce the risk of infection.
For your stories about the new guidelines, please find below a press release – which provides key facts about PrEP and also outlines the specific indications for which PrEP is recommended – as well as other useful background resources on HIV.Primary Materials Related Materials
- March 24, 2014 - New CDC Data Provide Important Insight On TB in the U.S.
In advance of World TB Day on March 24, CDC has released findings from a new study that demonstrates the severe human and economic costs of treating drug-resistant TB and a new report with preliminary national surveillance data for 2013.
For your stories about World TB Day, please see the media resources below:Primary Materials Related Materials
- March 3 - 6, 2014 - 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)
More than 4,000 leading researchers and clinicians from around the world – including those from here at CDC – will convene in Boston, Massachusetts from March 3 through 6, 2014 for the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). The conference will include new research working to understand, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and its complications.
For your stories about CROI, please find below a “studies of interest” document highlighting key findings from noteworthy CDC research presented at this year’s conference, as well as a helpful media fact sheet about HIV/AIDS. Additional information will be posted throughout the week as embargos lift.Primary Materials Related Materials
- February 6, 2014 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – HIV Care Continuum among African Americans
February 7 marks the 14th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. African Americans continue to bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. Blacks account for almost half of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, nearly half of all new HIV infections in the United States and nearly half of all those who have died with AIDS in this country.
A new analysis published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report examines the percentages of African Americans diagnosed with HIV infection who were in care and treatment in 2010. Results showed that among blacks who have been diagnosed with HIV, 75 percent were linked to care, 48 percent stayed in care, 46 percent were prescribed antiretroviral therapy, and 35 percent achieved viral suppression (i.e., the virus is under control at a level that helps keep people healthy and reduces the risk of transmission). Black males had lower levels of care and viral suppression than black females, and those who were younger (under the age of 25) had lower levels than those who were older.
We know that treatment can help people with HIV live healthy lives and prevent transmission of the virus to partners. This data reminds us of the importance of ensuring that all HIV-infected African Americans receive the care and treatment they need to protect their health and that of their partners.
For your stories on the 14th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please find below various media resources that will assist with your coverage.Primary Materials Related Materials
- January 8, 2014 - STDs Reported in the United States: 2012 National Data
Today, CDC released its 2012 STD Surveillance Report. This report presents data for three nationally reported STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – and shows that STDs continue to have a severe public health impact in the United States.Primary Materials Related Materials
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