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  • Lower Levels of Antiretroviral Therapy Enrollment Among Men with HIV Compared with Women — 12 Countries, 2002–2013

    Increasing antiretroviral therapy coverage among men with HIV would reduce morbidity and mortality in this group and contribute to reducing HIV incidence among their sex partners. NOVEMBER 27, 2015
    Equitable access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for men and women with HIV is a principle endorsed by most countries and funding bodies. To evaluate gender equity in ART access among adults, 765,087 adult ART patient medical records from 12 countries in five geographic regions were analyzed to estimate the ratio of women to men among new ART enrollees for each calendar year during 2002–2013. This report summarizes that analysis.

  • Scale-up of HIV Viral Load Monitoring — Seven Sub-Saharan African Countries

    In seven sub-Saharan African countries, viral load testing as a national monitoring strategy was scaled up during 2014–2015. NOVEMBER 27, 2015
    The World Health Organization (WHO) advocates viral load testing to monitor persons with HIV infection receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) to enable earlier detection of treatment failure. This report highlights the initial successes and challenges of viral load monitoring in seven countries that have chosen to scale up viral load testing as a national monitoring strategy for patients on ART in response to WHO recommendations.


Recommendations and Reports

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015

    JUNE 5, 2015
    This report presents guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The guidelines update those from 2010. Physicians and other health-care providers can use these guidelines to assist in the prevention and treatment of STDs.

Surveillance Summaries

  • Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2012

    NOVEMBER 27, 2015
    Since 1969, CDC has conducted abortion surveillance to document the number and characteristics of women obtaining legal induced abortions in the United States. Each year, CDC requests abortion data from the central health agencies of 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City). The reporting areas provide this information voluntarily. For 2012, data were received from 49 reporting areas. A total of 699,202 abortions were reported to CDC for 2012. Of these abortions, 98.4% were from the 47 reporting areas that provided data every year during 2003–2012.


  • Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals: CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories

    MAY 15, 2015
    These competency guidelines outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for public health laboratory (PHL) professionals to deliver the core services of PHLs efficiently and effectively. These competency guidelines are targeted to scientists working in PHLs, defined as governmental public health, environmental, and agricultural laboratories that provide analytic biological and/or chemical testing and testing-related services that protect human populations against infectious diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases, environmental hazards, treatable hereditary disorders, and natural and human-made public health emergencies.

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