CDC Official Calls for National HIV/AIDS Strategy to "Strengthen" U.S. Response
August 24, 2009
"The severe and continued burden of HIV in this nation is neither acceptable nor inevitable. But, significant progress will require that we strengthen our national response," Kevin Fenton, director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece. He continues, "As a nation, it is time to determine the direction we will take in fighting this serious -- yet entirely preventable -- disease. One direction continues down the dangerous path of complacency. The other leads to a reinvigorated, accountable, science-driven effort to ensure all people know their HIV status, and have the tools to protect themselves and others from infection." Fenton concludes, "The future of the epidemic in the United States will depend on the choices we make today" (Fenton, 8/21).
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