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Author Archives: Sean Bland

07.13.20

Reflections on the History of Contact Tracing

By Sean Bland

Contact tracing is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19. I previously wrote a blog post about the release of an O’Neill Institute brief, Quick Take: HIV Lessons for COVID-19 Contact Tracing. While the brief provides recommendations for what to do and not to do in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, I thought it would […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

05.29.20

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on HIV Lessons for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By Sean Bland

A critical component of the public health response to COVID-19 is contact tracing. Contact tracing is a strategy for identifying persons who may have been infected with COVID-19 following contact with an infected person. If done effectively, contact tracing could allow us to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and safely relax social distancing even before […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

04.30.20

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV

By Sean Bland

This week, the O’Neill Institute released a new publication, Big Ideas: Better Meeting the Needs of People Living with HIV Is How to End the HIV Epidemic. This report highlights actions that can be taken by jurisdictions and advocates to improve the health of all people living with HIV. It was written by me and Jeffrey […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

03.26.20

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on the USPSTF PrEP Recommendation

By Sean Bland

Today, the O’Neill Institute released a new publication, Quick Take: The USPSTF PrEP Recommendation. The Quick Take discusses the final recommendation for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and why the PrEP recommendation matters. It was written by me and Jeffrey S. Crowley, Program Director of the O’Neill Institute’s Infectious Disease […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

03.11.20

Focus on Vulnerable Populations in the Public Health Response to COVID-19

By Sean Bland

Cases of the new coronavirus that was first detected in China continue to increase in many parts of the world, including the United States. Commonly referred to in the press as simply coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include SARS, MERS, and the common cold, the disease caused by the coronavirus has been […]

01.31.20

Policy Work Is Needed to Eliminate Barriers to Syringe Services Programs

By Sean Bland

Injection drug use has been linked to outbreaks of HIV in several jurisdictions across the United States. In 2014-2015, Scott County, Indiana, experienced an outbreak that involved 181 people being diagnosed with HIV as a result of injection drug use. This HIV outbreak in a rural community that typically saw about 5 HIV diagnoses per […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

11.21.19

Using HIV Prevention and Care Systems to Address the Rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections

By Sean Bland

This week, the O’Neill Institute released a new brief, Big Ideas: HIV Prevention and Care Systems Have Critical Roles in Addressing Sexually Transmitted Infections. This brief discusses key actions for HIV programs to reduce the public health impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States. It was written by me and Jeffrey S. […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

11.08.19

Overdose Prevention Sites Are an Effective Approach to Address Infectious Diseases Associated with Injection Drug Use

By Sean Bland

The United States has been battling a serious drug use epidemic for several years. While opioids including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl have received significant attention, other drug use, including use of stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine, remain major public health issues as well. Drug overdose deaths continue to increase, and […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

08.26.19

O’Neill Institute Releases Publication on Scaling Up PrEP Use for HIV Prevention

By Sean Bland

Last week, the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law released three new publications. I previously discussed two of these publications in a blog post. This week, I will discuss the remaining publication, Big Ideas: Achieving Sufficient Scale of PrEP Use Is Critical to Ending the HIV Epidemic. This […]

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Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases

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