CDC strives to end the epidemics of our time. The agency has made significant progress on ambitious goals such as the elimination of new HIV infections and the reduction in opioid overdoses. CDC is also committed to improving actions that stem seasonal influenza, developing and using new answers for antibiotic resistance, and reducing type 2 diabetes. When epidemics like these occur, we work to quickly detect and address them, including tracking and eliminating dangerous infections in hospitals and clinics and investigating deadly viruses and bacteria. Our work reduces the potential impact of epidemics in America.
Elimination of new HIV infections in America is possible. Medical and scientific advances provide an opportunity to “bend the curve” and shift the U.S. epidemic to one where the number of people acquiring HIV steadily decreases, leading to elimination.
Prescription and illicit opioids can be addictive and dangerous. Help is available for those suffering from an opioid use disorder. CDC is committed to raising awareness, lowering prescription opioid misuse, and increasing the number of people seeking nonopioid pain management options.
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Antibiotic resistance threatens modern medicine. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect people at any stage of life, as well as the healthcare, veterinary, and agriculture industries, making it one of the world’s most urgent public health problems. Fighting this threat is a public health priority that requires a collaborative global approach across sectors.
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Diabetes & Prediabetes
The rise of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. is one of the most serious public health problems our nation has ever faced, and it has enormous and far-reaching consequences. Diabetes can lead to devastating consequences and costs our nation billions of dollars annually.