Fact Sheets and Other Resources
U.S. HIV Incidence and Prevalence Slide Set from CDC
Last month, CDC posted the slide set, Estimated HIV Incidence and Prevalence in the United States, 2010-2015, in its online HIV library. The 32-slide set includes a series of graphs and maps summarizing National HIV Surveillance System data reported through June 2017 for adults and adolescents aged 13 years and older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data focus on: 1) HIV incidence; 2) HIV prevalence – persons living with both diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infection; and 3) the percentage of total HIV infections that are diagnosed. The slides include trends in HIV incidence and percentage diagnosed infection, with breakdowns by age, gender, race/ethnicity, transmission category, and region of residence. A map showing estimated prevalence in 2015 by region is also provided.
Now Available: Comprehensive PrEP Provider Database and Locator Widget
CDC’s National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) and Emory University have developed a comprehensive, national directory of U.S. health service providers offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. The database, which is now maintained by NPIN, includes over 1,800 public and private PrEP providers from all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories. For each health service provider, the database includes information about the key services rendered and whether a provider offers PrEP access assistance and/or PrEP to uninsured patients at a low cost. To simplify access to information in the database, NPIN has also released a new PrEP locator widget that allows users to obtain a list of nearby PrEP providers by simply entering their zip code.
Fact Sheets on HIV Medications and Affected Populations
Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved three fixed-dose combination medications for the treatment of HIV infection: Cimduo, Symfi, and Symfi Lo. Both Symfi and Symfi Lo are complete regimens for the treatment of HIV infection. Cimduo is not a complete HIV regimen; it is always used in combination with other medications. The Department of Health and Human Services AIDSinfo site has published fact sheets about each of these new medications in both English and Spanish, as well as an updated version of its fact sheet listing all approved HIV medications.
In addition, AIDSinfo recently published updated versions of several consumer fact sheets focusing on the effects of HIV on different population groups. Each fact sheet includes a summary of key issues and links to additional information and resources.
In conjunction with the observance of National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day and National Transgender HIV testing Day last month, CDC also published updated versions of their fact sheets HIV Among Youth and HIV Among Transgender People.
Recent Minority Health Forums and Videos from HHS
April was National Minority Health Month, and the theme for 2018 was “partnering for health equity.” In recognition of the month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recently conducted two minority health forums that were live-streamed, videoed, and later uploaded to Youtube. OMH’s National Minority Health Month Observance, held on April 17, focused attention on partnerships at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to reduce disparities in health and health care. At this year’s event, key HHS officials from across the Department highlighted public and private sector collaborations for increasing health equity.
On April 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity hosted the Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities. At the forum, a panel of public health leaders, health care professionals, and community members discussed opioid use and behavioral health, with an emphasis on minority communities. Participants received updates on strategies for the prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment/recovery of persons with opioid addiction, and for increasing access to behavioral health services.