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Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office 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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September 22, 2017

August 4, 2017

June 30, 2017

  • According to data available on AtlasPlus, more than 1,520,000 cases of chlamydia, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis were reported to CDC in 2015.
  • The updated AtlasPlus provides easy access to the latest national, state, and county data on HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and tuberculosis.
  • Use the AtlasPlus online tool to create charts, tables, and maps; look at trends; and see community-specific tools.

January 27, 2017

December 2, 2016

  • About 1 in 10 [PDF-2.4MB] HIV diagnoses are among people who inject drugs.
  • According to the latest Vital Signs, in 22 US cities, only about 25% of people who inject drugs get all their syringes from sterile sources like syringe services programs.
  • Health departments can work with law enforcement and local leaders to expand access to syringe services programs, where permitted by law.

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. 

October 23, 2015

December 5, 2014

  • Of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, only 40% are in medical care and only 30% are virally suppressed, according to the latest Vital Signs.
  • HIV medicines help people achieve viral suppression, which means having very low levels of HIV in the body even though the virus is still there.
  • CDC has information and interventions for healthcare providers to help keep people living with HIV in medical care.

November 14, 2014

  • Only about 1 in 4 people living with HIV currently have their virus under control.
  • Treatment helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives and keeps HIV from spreading to others.
  • The HIV Treatment Works campaign encourages people living with HIV to get in care, take HIV medications, stay in care, and adhere to treatment.

June 20, 2014

November 22, 2013

September 13, 2013

  • The latest estimates [PDF-1.6MB] show there are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the US each year, costing the health-care system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs.
  • About 20 million [PDF-1.6MB] new cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year. Left untreated, some STDs can cause severe health consequences.
  • CDC recently released an STD Treatment Guidelines mobile app, which helps healthcare providers access diagnostic information and the current STD treatment guidelines.
  • Healthcare providers can download the free app on an Apple or Android device.

March 29, 2013

November 30, 2012

August 24, 2012

August 17, 2012

  • CDC recently revised its gonorrhea treatment guidelines because the oral antibiotic cefixime is becoming less effective in treating this sexually transmitted disease.
  • Gonorrhea affects over 700,000 people annually and can lead to life-threatening ectopic pregnancy and infertility—caused by pelvic inflammatory disease—and increase the likelihood of HIV transmission.
  • There are important steps [PDF-214KB] state and local health departments and others can take to address the potential threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea.

July 27, 2012

June 22, 2012

May 11, 2012

January 20, 2012

  • CDC released new guidelines to keep HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis data safe, secure, and confidential.
  • Ensuring common standards for data security and confidentiality allows programs to use and share data more effectively, which can improve the delivery of prevention and care services.
  • You can find more information on how program collaboration and service integration is being implemented in six state and local jurisdictions.

December 2, 2011

June 24, 2011

May 20, 2011

December 17, 2010

December 10, 2010

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