The CDC speaks (er…blogs)

This is pretty cool.  Dr. Kevin Fenton, the director of CDC‘s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs, and TB* recently started blogging on “Health Protection Perspectives.”

Fenton’s most recent post, titled “Looking back — Forward thinking,” provides a good overview of some trends and events in the area of infectious diseases over the last year.  Here’s an excerpt:

We achieved tremendous success and responded to new challenges. We saw the lowest reports ever recorded for TB, and hepatitis A and B, while AIDS reports and AIDS deaths have remained relatively stable (For a review of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STD, and TB surveillance data, see the just released 2006 Disease Profile). However, disease data and new research methods have identified areas that remain a challenge. Specifically, the number of primary and secondary syphilis cases continue to increase, and new data highlighting the prevalence of STDs in young women and the incidence of HIV in the United States confirm that these diseases are more common than previously known.

It will be interesting to see how the blog develops, especially since Fenton is encouraging readers to respond and interact with one another in the comments section.

Many thanks to Nathan for letting me know about this great resource!

* NCHHSTP — possibly the least helpful acroynm ever.  (Which, considering the astonishing array of acronyms the HIV/AIDS world has accumulated, is really saying something.)


~ by h.e.g. on October 13, 2008.

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