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Newsletter - December 1, 2016

With Better Data, A Foundation for Stronger HIV Prevention

As we reflect on World AIDS Day, we must celebrate the progress we have made while continuing to strengthen HIV prevention for communities everywhere.

High quality data form the backbone of our nation’s HIV response. National surveillance of HIV cases provides the critical information we need to set prevention priorities, allocate limited prevention resources, and measure our collective progress against the disease.

HIV surveillance is one of CDC’s most important responsibilities. That’s why, every year since 1982, CDC has regularly published its HIV Surveillance Report. CDC’s 27th volume of the report, recently issued and with data through 2015, provides the most accurate and detailed picture yet of recently diagnosed HIV infections the United States and its dependent areas. Read more from the director >

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Vital Signs

New Vital Signs, HIV and Injection Drug Use: Syringe Services Programs for HIV Prevention, was released in November 2016. Sharing needles, syringes, and other injection equipment puts people who inject drugs (PWID) at high risk for getting HIV and other infections, including hepatitis. Read more about the new trends and ways to reduce risk for all people who inject drugs.

CDC Launches Its First Music Video!

Earlier this year, the Start Talking. Stop HIV. campaign produced a vibrant, youthful 2-minute music video that promotes the ever-growing variety of HIV prevention options available. The upbeat music video features gender-bending pop star Alex Newell singing his hit single “Collect My Love,” which was released by the band The Knocks. Read more and watch the video >

Clinician's Corner

In the summer of 2016, CDC launched Positively Speaking, an educational tool that is part of the Prevention IS Care campaign. Positively Speaking is a free, web-based, continuing education activity to educate HIV health care providers about the importance of delivering brief prevention messages to their patients to help reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Read more about Positively Speaking >

Partner Spotlight

We are excited to continue showcasing the efforts of our Partnering and Communicating Together to Act Against AIDS (PACT) members who are working to extend the reach of our campaign materials, resources and engagement efforts into the community. As we pause to think and reflect on World AIDS Day, we are pleased to celebrate our progress by highlighting the work of AIDS United. Read more about the partnership >

New Materials

Doing It Spanish Language Materials

The Doing It campaign, as part of the Act Against AIDS portfolio has recently released a new Spanish component to the campaign known as Haciendolo. A 2014 study has found that Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionally at risk for HIV infection compared to their non-Hispanic counterparts. This new segment of the Doing It campaign aims to reach a target audience of the Hispanic/Latino community. New campaign assets such as print and video PSA’s have been created in Spanish and include Hispanic/Latino participants. Please check out our Spanish campaign materials.

Awareness Days

World AIDS Day

On December 1, we joined hands with the global community to raise awareness and show support for the nearly 37 million people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS worldwide, and remember those who have passed. Since 1988, World AIDS Day has highlighted the global impact of the disease and brought together the international community’s goal for awareness, prevention, and treatment. Read more about World AIDS Day efforts >

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

We'll Defeat AIDS, con GANAS (“with our wholehearted efforts”), called for the Hispanic/Latino community to come together to take action to fight HIV. Latinos represent approximately 17 percent of the U.S. population, but account for an estimated 21 percent of people living with HIV and an estimated 21 percent of new infections in the United States each year. Read more about LatinX Awareness Day >