December 2015

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center 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 18, 2015
  • The fungus that causes valley fever usually lives in soil in the US southwest, but it was recently identifiedExternal in Washington State, much farther north.
  • People can get valley fever by inhaling dust carrying the fungus. Infected people can have flu-like symptoms for weeks or months.
  • Raising awareness of valley fever among healthcare providers and the public is an important way to minimize delays in diagnosis and treatment.
December 11, 2015
  • Among the 10 million US women who report heavy menstrual bleeding, about 1 in 10 have a bleeding disorder, according to a CDC study.
  • Bleeding disorders are conditions that keep a person’s blood from clotting properly and, if untreated, pose serious risks for women, especially after childbirth, surgery, or injury.
  • Many women with bleeding disorders go undiagnosed; health professionals can use a screening tool Cdc-pdf[PDF-127KB] to identify women who need testing or treatment.
December 4, 2015
  • Preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a daily pill that can greatly lower one’s risk of getting HIV from having sex or injecting drugs.
  • PrEP is recommended for people at very high risk for getting HIV: 1 in 4 sexually active gay and bisexual men, 1 in 5 persons who inject drugs, and 1 in 200 heterosexually active adults.
  • Health departments and community-based organizations can raise awareness about PrEP, train healthcare providers, and develop policies and procedures to increase access to PrEP. 


Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

Page last reviewed: December 18, 2015