HIV & Sexually Transmitted Diseases
"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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December 5, 2014
- Of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, only 40% are in medical care and only 30% are virally suppressed, according to the latest Vital Signs.
- HIV medicines help people achieve viral suppression, which means having very low levels of HIV in the body even though the virus is still there.
- CDC has information and interventions for healthcare providers to help keep people living with HIV in medical care.
November 14, 2014
- Only about 1 in 4 people living with HIV currently have their virus under control.
- Treatment helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives and keeps HIV from spreading to others.
- The HIV Treatment Works campaign encourages people living with HIV to get in care, take HIV medications, stay in care, and adhere to treatment.
September 13, 2013
The latest estimates [PDF-1.6MB] show there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US each year, costing the health-care system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs.
20 million [PDF-1.6MB] new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year. Left untreated, some STDs can cause severe health consequences.
- CDC recently released an
STD Treatment Guidelines mobile app, which helps healthcare providers access diagnostic information and the current STD treatment guidelines.
- Healthcare providers can download the free app on an
August 17, 2012
- CDC recently revised its
gonorrhea treatment guidelines because the oral antibiotic cefixime is becoming less effective in treating this sexually transmitted disease.
Gonorrhea affects over 700,000 people annually and can lead to life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and infertility—caused by
pelvic inflammatory disease—and increase the likelihood of HIV transmission.
- There are
important steps [PDF-214KB] state and local health departments and others can take to address the potential threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea.