CDC Public Health Grand Rounds
Thursday, December 16, marked the final CDC Public Health Grand Rounds of 2010. Grand Rounds provides a unique opportunity to learn about key public health issues and challenges from the nation’s top scientists and learn how CDC is actively addressing those challenges. This session of Grand Rounds, Targeted Paths to HIV Prevention, featured:
Debbi Birx, MD
Director, Division of Global HIV/AIDS
Center for Global Health, CDC
Title: Prevention - Why Again and Why Now?
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH
Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC
Title: New Approaches to HIV Prevention in the United States
James A. Mercy, PhD
Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
Title: Childhood Sexual Violence and HIV: Data to Guide Prevention
Thomas Farley, MD, MPH
Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Title: HIV Prevention in New York City
Presenters addressed the renewed focus on HIV prevention and the importance of evidence-based, tailored HIV prevention strategies, and interventions targeting domestic and global settings and populations. To watch this session, visit CDC’s YouTube channel.
The CDC is a key implementer of the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Through PEPFAR, CDC has directly supported:
- Antiretroviral prophylaxis to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission for more than 600,000 HIV-positive pregnant women, allowing more than 114,000 infants to be born HIV free
- HIV counseling and testing for nearly 33 million people—providing a critical entry point to prevention, treatment, and care
CDC engages with and provides support for partner countries to implement and scale up multiple HIV prevention approaches, including:
- HIV testing and counseling
- Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)
- Medical male circumcision
- Medical transmission
- Sexual transmission in special populations
CDC also engages in other cross-cutting activities that support prevention of HIV infection, including addressing gender issues, reducing alcohol-related risk behaviors, and supporting community-based HIV prevention approaches based on the combination prevention strategy.
To learn more about CDC Public Health Grand Rounds and earning continuing education credits, visit http://www.cdc.gov/about/grand-rounds.
To learn more about the Division of Global HIV/AIDS, visit http://www.cdc.gov/globalaids.