Conversations from CROI 2014: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

Content From: Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: March 05, 20141 min read

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video screenshotWhile at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)Exit Disclaimer this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Given that the HIV care continuum has been a topic of significant interest here at the conference, Dr. Mermin and I discussed some encouraging findings from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System that CDC has shared at CROI this week. The CDC findings highlight improvements in the proportion of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who are getting HIV tests and, among those who are HIV-positive, increases in the proportion who are on antiretroviral treatment.

View our conversation below.

For more information on the findings CDC shared at CROI, view these scientific posters:

Dr. Mermin and I also discussed viral hepatitis, another key topic of concern here at the conference. We’ll share highlights of that conversation next week.