Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC on HIV/AIDS is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a part of its overall public health mission, CDC on HIV/AIDS helps control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national, and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities. These activities are critically important, because CDC estimates that over one million people are living with HIV, and 24 to 27% of these people are unaware of their HIV infection.
The number of people living with AIDS is increasing, as effective new drug therapies keep HIV-infected persons healthy longer and dramatically reduce the death rate. The programs of CDC on HIV/AIDS work to improve treatment, care, and support for persons living with HIV/AIDS and to build capacity and infrastructure to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world.
The prevention activities of CDC on HIV/AIDS have focused on helping uninfected persons at high risk for HIV change and maintain behaviors to keep them uninfected. The overarching force behind CDCs approach to the third decade of HIV prevention is CDCs initiative. This initiative is aimed at reducing barriers to early diagnosis of HIV infection and increasing access to quality medical care, treatment, and ongoing prevention services for those with a diagnosis of HIV infection.
The initiative of CDC on HIV/AIDS emphasizes the use of proven public health approaches to reduce the incidence and spread of disease and capitalizes on new rapid test technologies, interventions that bring persons unaware of their HIV status to HIV testing, and behavioral interventions that provide prevention skills to persons living with HIV.
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