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CDC Reports Decline In HIV Education

Via press release: Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which tracks everything from seat belt utilization to tobacco use among America’s youth. While the report showed improvements among many risk factors, the percentage of U.S. high school students who had learned about HIV/AIDS in school dropped from …

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CDC: There Are No Actual Zombies

You may recall that last year the Centers for Disease Control released its well-received Zombie Apocalypse Report, which was actually their cheeky way of encouraging disaster preparedness. However several recent news items forced the CDC to announce today that there are no actual zombies. “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one …

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CDC Tells Boomers: Get A Hep C Test

The Centers For Disease Control has issued a call for all “baby boomers” to get a one-time test for Hepatitis C. One in 30 baby boomers – the generation born from 1945 through 1965 – has been infected with hepatitis C, and most don’t know it. Hepatitis C causes serious liver diseases including liver cancer, which is the fastest-rising cause …

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ATLANTA: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Anti-Gay CDC Counselor

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the dismissal of a Centers For Disease Control counselor who was fired after saying that her Christian faith did not allow her to see homosexual clients. Walden worked as a contractor for the CDC in 2007 when a woman came to her for advice involving a same-sex relationship. She was let go …

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CDC Launches New HIV Testing Program Aimed At Black Gay & Bisexual Men

Timed to coincide with tomorrow’s World AIDS Day, the Centers for Disease Control has launched a new national campaign urging gay and bisexual black men to get tested. You may already know that gay and bisexual men are the population most affected by HIV in the U.S. Black gay and bisexual men are getting hit particularly hard by the epidemic. …

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Hep C Deaths Surpass AIDS

As the AIDS pandemic continues its slow decline in the United States, the number of deaths attributed to the growing Hepatitis C epidemic now exceeds those from HIV-related illnesses. Death rates related to HIV infection continue to fall. Whereas HIV contributed to 6 per 100,000 deaths in 1999, the rate dropped to less than four per 100,000 deaths in 2007. …

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Family Research Council: Don’t Vaccinate Boys For HPV, Only Queers Get It

The Family Research Council has issued a statement in reaction to yesterday’s CDC recommendation that boys get the HPV vaccine too. The CDC is quick to point out that the vaccine also protects against anal, mouth, and throat cancer–but they downplay the fact that these cancers are almost entirely the result of men having homosexual sex! Apart from the cost …

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HIV Infections Rise For Young Black Men

Today the Centers for Disease Control issued multi-year data on new HIV infections. While the number of new infections overall seems to be stable, young black gay men in particular are seeing a troubling increase. “More than 30 years into the HIV epidemic, about 50,000 people in this country still become infected each year. Not only do men who have …

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It’s National HIV Testing Day

So notes the Centers for Disease Control: The majority of the estimated 56,000 new HIV infections that occur each year are transmitted by those who are unaware of their infection. Effective HIV treatments now allow people living with HIV to live long, productive lives, yet nearly 17,000 people with AIDS still die every year in the United States. Despite these …

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CDC Warns Of Zombie Apocalypse

The official CDC site and blog is today overwhelmed by folks trying to find out more about their elaborate hoax and warning of a zombie apocalypse, which was made tongue-in-cheek because the same emergency preparedness routine is required for hurricanes, apparently.

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CDC Responds To End Of African PrEP

The CDC writes us this morning to note their response to the early halting of an African HIV PrEP study, which I mentioned yesterday. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) involves taking an HIV medication as a preventive to infection. The CDC expresses disappointment with the cessation of the African study, as “this approach has already been shown to be effective in reducing …

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Canadians Are In Better Shape

Researchers at the CDC say obesity is far less prevalent in Canada than in the United States. And they don’t really know why. About 24 percent of Canadians are obese compared to more than 34 percent of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. Researchers looked at height and weight data taken in …

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CDC Issues Interim PrEP Guidance

Last last year researchers announced some success in preventing HIV among gay men who were taking a daily dose of the HIV medication Truvada. The concept of warding off infection by pre-dosing with a medication is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP.) But alarmed by the prospect for abuse, yesterday the CDC issued some interim PReP guidance as studies continue. CDC …

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CDC Reports 1 In 5 Urban Gay Men Are Poz

According to a new report from the Centers For Disease Control, 19% of urban gay and bisexual men are HIV positive but one-quarter to one-half of them don’t know it. Researchers at the CDC studied 8,153 men who have sex with men in 21 U.S. cities. The men were taking part in the 2008 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, which …

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PhoboQuotable – Wendy Wright

“HIV/AIDS is transmitted through actions — not by the economy. HIV/AIDS is clearly more prevalent among the homosexual community and the homosexual community as a whole is [wealthier] than the average American. And so this study seems to want to manipulate people’s views in order to direct attention away from the causes of HIV/AIDS — the actions by which they …

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New Yorkers Ranked Unhappiest

A study by the CDC that asked 1.3 Americans to rank their satisfaction with their lives found that New Yorkers are the most unhappy with their situations. Objections are pouring in. The verdict is in, and, when it comes to New Yorkers, they are in a class by themselves. According to a new survey released by the Centers for Disease …

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1 Of 6 Americans Have Had Swine Flu

New numbers out today from the CDC indicate that 50 million Americans, or about 1 in 6, have already had H1N1. There have been about 10,000 deaths. The new estimates suggest that the flu, also known as H1N1, has spread through 15% of the U.S. population since it was first identified in April. As of Nov. 17, 200,000 people have …

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Obama Wants Your Foreskin!

After last week’s news that the CDC is considering recommending circumcision to protect newborn boys from one day contracting HIV, the right-wing hysteria machine kicked into high gear. Rush Limbaugh claims that Obama wants to mandate circumcision. Hot Air blogger Ed Morrisey joins the nonsense: Why should the CDC push circumcision at all? The government has no business being in …

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CDC: AIDS 50 Times Higher In Gay/Bi Men

A just-released report from the Centers for Disease Control says that gay and bisexual men contract HIV/AIDS at a rate fifty times higher than the general population. To my knowledge, the CDC has not previously made such a comparison, instead relying on the raw data of confirmed cases. CDC official Dr. Amy Lansky announced today at a plenary session of …

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CDC Considering Promoting Circumcision In The United States

The Centers for Disease Control is considering recommending that newborn boys in the U.S. be circumcised to reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The topic is a delicate one that has already generated controversy, even though a formal draft of the proposed recommendations, due out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the end of the year, has …

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