We are canceling the HIV Services Advisory Council meeting scheduled for the afternoon of Tuesday, April 22. Andrew Gans and I will both be presenting the opening plenary at the Annual New Mexico HIV Update Conference, hosted by the New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC), next Friday, April 25th at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel. So hope to see you at the fabulous conference instead.
The next meeting of the HIV Services Advisory Council will be June 24, from 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Anne Marlow-Geter, MPH
HIV Services Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Health, Infectious Disease Bureau
CDC Announces Newly Revised Surveillance Case Definition for HIV
April 10, 2014
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the newly revised surveillance case definition for HIV infection inthe Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendations and Reports. This reportupdates the surveillance case definition published in 2008.
CDC, in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, has revised and combined the surveillance case definition for HIV infection into a single case definition that can be applied to all ages. The revisions were primarily carried out due to recent changes in diagnostic criteria. Some of the other changes in the case definition include:
- The laboratory criteria for defining a confirmed case now accommodates new multi-test algorithms including criteria for differentiating between HIV-1 and HIV-2 infection and for recognizing early HIV infection.
- A confirmed case can now be classified in one of five HIV infection stages—0,1,2,3 or unknown; early infection, recognized by a negative HIV test within 6 months of HIV diagnosis, is classified as “stage 0”, whereas AIDS is classified as “stage 3”.
The surveillance case definition is intended for monitoring the HIV burden in the United States and planning for prevention and care on a population level. This case definition’s staging system allows for health departments to evaluate prevention and care, which can be measured by analyzing stage of disease at diagnosis and how rapidly people with HIV infection progress to more advanced stages. For various reasons, it would be inappropriate for clinicians to use the surveillance staging system as a guide to manage patients.
CDC will use the revised case definition in its national HIV surveillance system (NHSS), which monitors early diagnosis, care, and viral suppression across the country, to facilitate prevention of HIV transmission, morbidity, and mortality. CDC provides updates regarding the NHSS, tools, and guidance to state and local HIV surveillance programs. The revised definition will improve the identification and characterization of cases and ultimately help strengthen the quality of our national HIV data.
Irene Hall, PhD, FACE
Chief, HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch,
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
We are offering the Fundamentals of Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling course again – for the first time in 2014 – at the end of this month.
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30
9:00 – 4:00
at the Bank of the West Tower in Albuquerque
We have roughly 15 people who have requested to attend. That means we might have up to 5 more spots.
If you or a colleague want to attend, please let us know by this Wednesday. Please send an email to me and cc my co-trainer Tony Escudero. We want to finalize the list this week and send out a confirmation with the agenda.
Andrew A. Gans, MPH
HIV, STD and Hepatitis Section Manager
New Mexico Department of HEALTH (NMDOH)
1190 St. Francis Drive, Room S-1302
Santa Fe, NM 87502-6110
Fax: (505) 827-2862
Casa Q has re-opened the posting for our Director. Please help us spread the word!
Director. Seeking full-time Director for residential housing program.
Casa Q’s mission is to provide a variety of safe living options and related services for young LGBTQ people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Director will implement the organization’s strategic plan in opening and managing a multi-service home for 8 to 12 youth; create, develop and implement agency programs and services; recruit and supervise a team of 5 to 6 FTE; build community partnerships; and work closely with the agency’s Board of Directors.
Candidate should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Public Health, or related fields. Supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Candidate should also possess strong written and verbal communication skills and experience working with LGBTQ youth.
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