March 2019

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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March 29, 2019
  • An estimated 37 million US adults (15%) have chronic kidney disease, but most don’t know they have it.
  • Managing blood sugar levels and blood pressure helps protect kidneys; about 1 in 3 adults with diabetes and 1 in 5 with high blood pressure may have chronic kidney disease.  
  • You can use resources from CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative to raise awareness and promote testing in people at risk.
March 22, 2019
  • We can end the HIV epidemicExternal in the US. Early diagnosis and immediate, effective treatment are key—according to the latest Vital Signs.
  • Eight in ten new HIV infections are transmitted by people who don’t know they have HIV or who know their status but aren’t in care.
  • Healthcare providers can help reduce new HIV infections by diagnosing it early, linking people with HIV to care quickly, and helping them stay in care.
March 15, 2019
  • More than 30 million people in the US have diabetes, a complex and costly health condition.
  • Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services provide the knowledge and skills people need to successfully manage their diabetes, but less than 7% of people with diabetes attend a program in the first year after diagnosis.
  • Health professionals can help increase participation in DSMES by referring patients to a program or providing them with this nationwide directoryExternal of diabetes educators.
March 8, 2019
  • More than 119,000 people had bloodstream staph infections in 2017, and almost 20,000 died, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Hospital infection control efforts successfully reduced rates of serious staph infections until 2013, when progress began to slow.
  • Many hospitals have prevented staph infections and the spread of staph by following CDC recommendations, including Contact Precautions; additional prevention steps, like decolonization, might also help.
March 1, 2019
  • Venous thromboembolism, commonly known as a blood clot, is an underdiagnosed yet preventable medical condition that can cause disability and death.
  • Anyone can develop a blood clot, but women who are pregnant or who recently had a baby are five times more likely to experience one.
  • Public health professionals can help prevent blood clots by sharing information from the Stop the Clot, Spread the WordTMExternal campaign and related infographics, fact sheets, and videos.

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

Page last reviewed: March 29, 2019