NCHHSTP Newsroom Archive
- May 7, 2013 - Hepatitis Awareness Month
Today, and in conjunction with Hepatitis Awareness Month, CDC released a new analysis in Vital Signs suggesting that only half of those identified as ever having had hepatitis C in a multi-area study received follow-up testing showing that they are still infected.
These findings show that lack of follow-up testing may pose a significant barrier to reaching the millions of Americans living with hepatitis C and ensuring these individuals receive the proper care and treatment needed to prevent liver cancer, death, and other serious health consequences. The results also further underscore the severe impact that hepatitis C has among baby boomers (those born from 1945 through 1965).
- April 3, 2013 - STD Awareness Month
STD Awareness Month is the right time to shed light on an epidemic that affects many young Americans, yet remains hidden. Did you know that:
- Half of the estimated 20 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that occur each year in the United States occur among young adults ages 15-24?
- The lifetime cost of treating the STIs contracted in one year in this nation is nearly $16 billion; infections among young people account for about half of that cost ($7.8 billion)?
- Left untreated, common STIs can cause severe health consequences, including infertility and increased HIV risk?
To help inform your stories on this important topic, please find below an infographic highlighting this and other key information on this hidden epidemic among America’s youth.Primary Materials Related Materials
- March 24, 2013 - World TB Day: New U.S. Data for 2012
In advance of World TB Day on March 24 – the annual event commemorating the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacteria that cause tuberculosis – CDC has released preliminary national surveillance data for 2012. The new data show that after 20 consecutive years of declines, TB is at an all-time low in the United States. However, certain populations continue to be significantly affected by TB and drug resistance remains a concern.
For your stories about World TB Day, please find fact sheets and key graphics highlighting findings from the 2012 U.S. TB surveillance data.Primary Materials Related Materials
- March 4 - 6, 2013 - 2013 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 Atlanta, Georgia from March 3 through 6, 2013 for the 20th 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 resources below including CDC's official statement on the Vaginal and Oral Interventions to Control the Epidemic (VOICE) HIV prevention trial results from Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. The National Institutes of Health-led trial, which was conducted among women in South Africa, examined the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) strategies for reducing the risk of HIV infection among this high risk population. These results demonstrate that adherence is essential for PrEP to effectively protect against HIV infection.
You can also find a “studies of interest” document highlighting key findings from noteworthy CDC research presented at this year’s conference, as well as helpful media fact sheets about HIV.Primary Materials Related Materials
- February 13, 2013 - New CDC Analysis Reveals Severe Health and Economic Toll of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the US, Especially Among Youth
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- February 4, 2013 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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