CDC Releases New Data on HIV Cases in the U.S.

By Julie Scofield, Executive Director, NASTAD

Julie Scofield, Executive Director, NASTAD

Julie Scofield, Executive Director, NASTAD

This afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report: Estimated HIV Incidence among Adults and Adolescents in the United States, 2007 – 2010. These estimates, based on data collected from 18 states, two cities and the District of Columbia, indicate that new infections of HIV remain stable at 50,000 new infections per year. However, there are a couple of notable differences by sub-group. HIV incidence has decreased among women, particularly Black/African American women and women who were infected through heterosexual contact. HIV incidence has increased among men who have sex with men (MSM) over all and particularly in the 13–24 age category. Young Black/African American MSM accounted for more than half of the new infections among MSM aged 13–24. Continue reading

Improving HIV Case Surveillance in Asia

By Christelle Gorman, Operations Assistant, Global Program, NASTAD

Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Case Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2012

Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Case Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2012

After a period of eight years out of the region, NASTAD’s Global Program, in partnership with the Surveillance and Strategic Information Unit of CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization hosted the Asia Region Workshop on Integrated HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance in Bangkok, Thailand, October 2012. Over the course of the workshop, NASTAD worked with 40 surveillance staff from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mongolia, The Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

This workshop was offered to leverage CDC’s and WHO’s growing support of case-based surveillance due to the vast availability of person-level data that exists in countries as international HIV/AIDS programs have developed and been implemented. Case-based surveillance–which is the practice of measuring and monitoring the incidence, progression and outcome of a disease through the collection of person-level data for a series of key or sentinel (reportable) events–can effectively leverage existing data to better understand the national HIV/AIDS epidemic in a routine and timely manner.
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NASTAD Seeks Technical Assistance Providers for Global Program

By Gen Meredith, Associate Director, Global Program, NASTAD

Mentoring of Ministry of Health Staff in Haiti to Support and Supervise the National HIV Case Surveillance Initiative

Mentoring of Ministry of Health Staff in Haiti to Support and Supervise the National HIV Case Surveillance Initiative

NASTAD is currently expanding scopes of work in three technical areas and is looking to augment its pool of technical assistance providers. To support this expanding work, the Global Program recruiting technical assistance providers with the following skill sets:

  • Community-based behavioral and biomedical HIV/AIDS prevention interventions
  • Community-based organization capacity building
  • HIV/AIDS case surveillance
  • Public health program leadership and management

A more detailed description of activities is available for download here (PDF). Continue reading