2013 NCHHSTP Newsroom Archive

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  • September 27, 2013 – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds us that gay and bisexual men remain at the center of the HIV epidemic in the United States. While only representing two percent of the U.S. population, men who have sex with men (MSM) account for more than 60 percent of new infections and half of all Americans living with HIV. Young MSM are the only risk group where new infections are increasing, with a 22 percent increase in recent years.

    For your stories about National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please find below resources for your coverage of this important topic.

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  • July 15, 2013 – New Gonorrhea Treatment Regimens Successfully Treated Infections in Clinical Trial

    Two new antibiotic regimens using existing drugs – injectable gentamicin in combination with oral azithromycin and oral gemifloxacin in combination with oral azithromycin –successfully treated gonorrhea infections in a clinical trial. The trial was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify new treatment options in the face of growing antibiotic resistance.

    The findings will be presented this week by CDC’s Robert Kirkcaldy, M.D., at the 20th Meeting of The International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR) in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Kirkcaldy served as the clinical trial’s principal investigator.

    Included below are resources for your coverage of this important topic.

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  • June 27, 2013 – National HIV Testing Dayexternal icon

    Of the 1.1 million people currently living with HIV in the United States, CDC estimates that nearly one in five are unaware of their infections (18 percent). This is particularly concerning because almost half of new infections are transmitted by people who do not know they are infected.

    Testing is the only way to identify the more than 200,000 Americans who do not know they are infected and who urgently need HIV care and prevention services. National HIV Testing Day serves not only as a reminder that HIV remains a serious health problem in this country, but also as an opportunity for individuals to take action by taking the test.

    Included below are various resources to assist with your coverage of this important topic.

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  • June 6, 2013 – Reasons/Razones: New CDC Campaign Aims to Increase HIV Testing Among Latino Gay and Bisexual Men
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    In an effort to increase HIV testing among one of the hardest hit groups of men in the United States, CDC is launching a new national, bilingual campaign that asks Latino gay and bisexual men to consider their reasons for getting tested. The campaign, Reasons/Razones, was developed with input from more than 150 Latino gay and bisexual men, as well as community leaders and experts. Reasons/Razones is launching today in Los Angeles, one of the cities with the most severe HIV epidemics in this population.

    Please find below several resources to assist with your coverage of this important new campaign.

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  • 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).

    Please visit our media resources page for more information you can use in your coverage, including a press release, fact sheet and downloadable infographic.

Sexually Transmitted Infections among Youth Americans Infographic
  • 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.

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