Tag Archives: CDC

Tipping Point

The number of Americans who don’t own a landline now exceeds the number who don’t own a cellphone. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Wednesday said that fully 20 percent of U.S. households only had cell phones in the second half of 2008. That’s a three point increase since the first half of 2008–a big jump, statistically …

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Swine Flu Flashback

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US Declares Swine Flu Emergency

Today the Centers For Disease Control declared a national public health emergency in reaction to an outbreak of swine flu in five states. At a White House news conference, Dr. Richard Besser and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought to assure Americans that health officials are taking all appropriate steps to minimize the impact of the outbreak. Top among those …

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CDC Blames Serosorting For Syphilis Jump

In a discouraging report that notes the seventh straight year of an increase in the rate of syphilis, Centers For Disease Control head of STD prevention Dr. John Douglas notes that most of the increase can be attributed to gay/bisexual men. Douglas goes on to blame the practice of serosorting among HIV-positive gay men for much of the rise in …

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CDC: Men Adopt Twice As Often As Women

Perhaps spurred by gay male couples, a new report on adoption in America from the CDC reveals that men have adopted children at more than twice the rate of women. Men are twice as likely as women to adopt a child, the CDC’s latest adoption figures show. There are a number of surprises in the CDC data, which come from …

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CDC: HIV Underreported By 40%

The CDC says that due to better reporting and improved blood tests, they now estimate the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States to 40% higher than previously thought. The number of Americans infected by the AIDS virus each year is much higher than the government has been estimating, U.S. health officials reported Sunday, acknowledging that their …

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New HIV Infections Up 48%

Despite that the 2006 data includes cases from seven states that previously had not reported new HIV infections to the CDC, AIDS activists and government researchers are “stunned” by a 48% increase in new infections over 2005. Reported new HIV infections in the United States increased by 48 percent in 2006 according to new data from the Centers for Disease …

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Quelling The MRSA Panic

The CDC has issued a statement in an attempt to quell the “dirty gays spreading MRSA superbug” panic being fanned by right-wing Christianist websites and news organizations. The strains of MRSA described in the recent Annals of Internal Medicine have mostly been identified in certain groups of men who have sex with men (MSM), but have also been found in …

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Washington Blade: CDC To Report
50% Rise In HIV Infections

UPDATE: For those who didn’t read the full Blade report, I should have made it more clear that the below rise in counted HIV infections is primarily due to the better reporting under stricter CDC guidelines. The news remains grim, but the upside will be better funding to address the actual case load. The Washington Blade reports that the CDC …

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Staph Bigger Killer Than AIDS

New data from the CDC reveals that more Americans die annually from complications of drug-resistant staph infections than from AIDS. A dangerous germ that has been spreading around the country causes more life-threatening infections than public health authorities had thought and is killing more people in the United States each year than the AIDS virus, federal health officials reported yesterday. …

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