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CDC Launches PrEP Hotline For Doctors

After reports that relatively few healthcare providers are prescribing Truvada as a daily HIV preventive, the CDC has launched a free hotline to answer their questions. PrEPline is aimed toward physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing primary care to uninfected patients with high risk. The phone service is staffed by experienced clinicians and offers written and online checklists, guidelines …

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CDC Announces First US Case Of Ebola

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CDC Launches New HIV PSA Campaign

The Centers For Disease Control has launched a new PSA series titled “HIV Treatment Works.” More than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. This campaign features people from across the United States who are living with HIV talking about how sticking with care and treatment helps them stay healthy, protect others, and live longer, healthier …

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Activists Dispute Federal LGB Count

As you surely know, anti-gay hate groups and Christian organizations have been doing cartwheels over the recently released CDC survey which reports that just over 2% of Americans collectively self-identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. (The survey questions did not touch upon gender identity.) The Washington Post today notes that activists are calling out the CDC. “The truth is, numbers …

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CDC Launches New HIV Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control has launched a new series of 30-second PSAs on HIV prevention, some of which mention “new options like medicines that prevent HIV” – a reference to Truvada. The Human Rights Campaign applauds: “We commend the CDC for launching this campaign and look forward to working with them and others to raise awareness about HIV prevention …

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CDC Expands PrEP Recommendation

The Centers for Disease Control today expanded its recommendation for the use of Truvada as a daily HIV preventive. The CDC now says that any person at risk for HIV, not just gay men, should consider taking the medication. Via the Bay Area Reporter: Known as PrEP, for pre-exposure prophylaxis, the once-a-day pill regimen has been shown to be effective …

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CDC Issues Measles Warning

Thank the anti-vaxxers. The number of measles cases this year, as of April 18, stood at 129 compared with 189 for all of 2013. The virus is making its way into United States via international travel from other countries — particularly the Philippines — and then spreading among pockets of unvaccinated Americans, said Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s …

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US Suspends Some Aid To Uganda

In what Reuters calls the “first concrete move” by the United States since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the CDC has cut some financial aid to Uganda. The U.S. had signaled it was reviewing its ties with the East African country after President Yoweri Museveni signed in legislation on February 24 that punishes gay sex with jail terms up …

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FDA Approves New Hep C Drug

Via press release from the CDC: Today, the FDA approved an important new treatment for chronic hepatitis C. The drug, sofosbuvir, is a major advance in the treatment of a disease that affects approximately 3 million Americans and causes more than 15,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. Today marks a landmark advance in the treatment of hepatitis C, opening up …

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CDC Features Florida Lesbian Couple In Anti-Smoking Campaign Ad

Boston’s Fenway Health applauded the campaign last month: Tobacco use is one of the biggest health issues impacting the LGBT community,” said Scout, PhD, Director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity. “Right now it’s still historic to see LGBT inclusion in a national health media campaign. I hope other health agencies follow CDC’s lead and start to make it …

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TODAY: Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is the annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. From the website: February 7, 2013 marks the 13th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. Educationally, the focus is to …

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Flu Season Hits Hard & Early

Epidemiologists says that the 2013 flu season has arrived weeks ahead of normal and may be notably worse than usual. “I think we’re still accelerating,” said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman. Twenty-nine states and New York City reported high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states and NYC the previous week. Flu was widespread in 41 states, up from …

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New HIV Figures From The CDC

Via press release from the CDC: Overall, the number of new HIV infections in the United States has remained stable at ~50,000 per year over the last decade. This is the first CDC incidence report to show a statistically significant decline in new infections among African American women (21% comparing 2008 to 2010). While additional years of data are needed, …

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New From The CDC

As part of their World AIDS Day project, today the CDC issued a report noting that that 25% of new HIV cases annually are among young people ages 13 to 24. Almost half of these 12,000 newly-infected youths are African-American males. An estimated 60% of all cases do not know they are HIV+.  Read more.

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“Ex-Gay” Crackpots Demand CDC Stop Promoting Pro-Gay Websites

The self-hating “ex-gay” nutcases at PFOX have sent a letter to the CDC demanding that the federal government cease promoting websites that don’t endorse the brainwashing and brutal torture of LGBT people. The website also contains links to anti-heterosexual publications and organizations, such as PFLAG, which openly denigrates former homosexuals, and the infamous anti-ex-gay publication Just the Facts, which advocates …

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Tomorrow: HIV Awareness Day

A message from the Centers For Disease Control: On National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we honor the remarkable history of gay men’s leadership in the fight against the HIV epidemic. Three decades ago, extraordinary community and public health prevention efforts led to dramatic declines in new HIV infections among men who have sex with men. Yet infection rates are …

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TEXAS: 16 Dead In West Nile Outbreak

A state of emergency has been declared in Dallas County after 16 people died from West Nile virus. Some are blaming global warming. An unusually warm winter and rainy spring in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and elsewhere in Texas has provided ideal conditions for breeding mosquitoes, West Nile carriers, officials said. The emergency declaration in Dallas clears the way for …

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CDC Issues Call For Limiting Usage Of Decreasingly Effective Gonorrhea Med

Via press release from the CDC: According to the revised guidelines, published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the most effective treatment for gonorrhea is a combination therapy: the injectable antibiotic ceftriaxone along with one of two other oral antibiotics, either azithromycin or doxycycline. In the past, gonorrhea has developed resistance to every antibiotic recommended for treatment, leaving …

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Day Two At The 2012 AIDS Conference

JMG reader Mark King continues his informative series about the goings-on at AIDS Conference 2012. Today King teams up with openly HIV-positive Project Runway star Jack Mackenroth and chats with openly HIV-positive Voice contestant Jamar Rogers, who is one of the faces of the CDC’s just-launched anti-stigma campaign.

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CDC Launches HIV Stigma Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control has launched a new national campaign intended to lessen the stigma of living with HIV. Via press release: Let’s Stop HIV Together features HIV-positive Americans from all walks of life –including “The Voice” star Jamar Rogers, POZ magazine editor , and young HIV advocate Hydeia Broadbent – standing in solidarity with their friends and family, …

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