Category Archives: Infectious Diseases

11.15.19

Legislators Should Think Outside the Box to Fight the Opioid Epidemic – Support of Safe Injection Sites is An Opportunity to Prevent Diseases and Overdose Deaths

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Many communities that hard being hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic are looking for innovative ways to increase efforts to reach out to PWID and reverse the exponential increases in overdose deaths, infectious disease, and substance use in their regions by operating supervised safe injection sites. The city of Philadelphia is well on its […]

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11.08.19

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

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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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09.27.19

HIV Policy Plans Must Have a Focus on Gay and Bisexual Men

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Today is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are the population most affected by HIV in the United States. While gay and bisexual men make up about 2% of the population, they accounted for 70% of the 38,379 new HIV diagnoses in the United […]

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08.07.19

National Immunization Awareness Month Means It’s Time We All Do Our Part

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout life. It emphasizes that vaccines aren’t just for kids; adults need to get vaccinated, too. Its timing, though, is an especially helpful reminder for students and their parents as back-to-school time nears. All 50 U.S. states require some […]

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07.26.19

A Spotlight on the Rise of Hepatitis A Cases in the U.S. as we Recognize World Hepatitis Day on July 28

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World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, and this year we highlight the recent surge in Hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreaks across the United States. HAV is a vaccine-preventable viral infection of the liver transmitted through the consumption of tiny amounts of feces or through contact with an effected person. HAV can cause mild to severe […]

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05.06.19

Controlling for Measles on College Campuses in Los Angeles and Nationally

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This article was written by: Lawrence O. Gostin, James G. Hodge, Jr., Jonathan Fielding, Scott C. Ratzan, and Barry R. Bloom On April 25, 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced public health powers impacting dozens of students infected with, or exposed to, measles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) […]

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04.16.19

STD Awareness Month: O’Neill Institute Releases Quick Take Document on the US STI Crisis

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April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs (also called STIs, which stands for sexually transmitted infections). It is an opportunity to normalize routine STI testing and conversations about […]

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03.01.19

UNAIDS gives and gets advice on “Zero Discrimination Day”

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Today, the United Nations marks “Zero Discrimination Day,” an annual day of celebration that they made up in 2014. The day is meant to promote equality in all aspects of life, but in practice it seems to be a UNAIDS affair focused on discrimination against people living with HIV. Every member of the United Nations […]

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02.06.19

President Says We Can End the HIV Epidemic in 10 Years: What I Hope to See in His Plan

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I had the privilege of serving as President Obama’s first HIV/AIDS Advisor and I led the process of creating our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010.  The Strategy was a five-year plan that was updated in 2015. Yesterday, President Trump acknowledged our country’s great strides and said that his budget will commit the […]

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11.09.18

Swift legal intervention mitigates a drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak in Malawian prisons, but the worst could still be ahead

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A recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Malawian prisons should be a wake up call. It shouldn’t be a surprise that six people in Malawi’s nightmarishly congested prisons contracted drug-resistant TB—the prisons provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to thrive and spread. This is true of many prisons throughout the world, especially in countries with high […]

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