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1999 Press Releases

The following is a list of press releases from CDC and other organizations. Press releases are designed for use by the media and include information intended to assist in the writing of a story, often in the form of a quote from a CDC official. They also include contact information from the Office of Communication.

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    "CDC Publishes Guidelines for Improved Data on U.S. HIV Epidemic"
    This press release discusses the Guidelines for National HIV Surveillance developed to assist states in monitoring the course of their local epidemics. (Added December 16, 1999)

    "CDC urges caution to reduce workplace needlestick injuries"
    This press release discusses the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) recommendations aimed to protect healthcare workers from job-related needlestick injuries. (Added November 29, 1999)

    "AIDS Falls From Top Fifteen Causes Of Death; Teen Births, Homicides Decline; But No Change In Infant Mortality"
    This press release presents findings from the report "Births and Deaths: Preliminary Data for 1998" including that the age-adjusted HIV mortality rate in the United States declined 21 percent in 1998. (Added October 6, 1999)

    "New data show continued decline in AIDS deaths"
    This press release announces that AIDS deaths dropped 20% between 1997 and 1998. (Added September 1, 1999)

    "CDC Points to Importance of National HIV Testing Day and Knowledge of Serostatus"
    This press release discusses the National HIV Testing Day campaign and stresses the importance of HIV testing. (Added June 25, 1999)

    "Importance of HIV Testing and Early Prenatal Care for Pregnant Women"
    This press release states that although perinatal HIV transmission rates have declined, it is imperative to further reduce the rates by improving HIV prevention efforts, prenatal care, and ensuring that HIV-testing is offered as part of care. (Added June 25, 1999)

    "New Data Show AIDS Patients Less Likely to be Hospitalized"
    This press release announces that research indicates that rates of hospitalization for HIV-infected patients in the United States are declining. (Added June 10, 1999)

    "Rumors About HIV-Infected Needles"
    This press release provides CDC's response to rumors about improperly discarded HIV-infected needles and syringes. (Added March 25, 1999)

    "CDC Issues National Report Card on STDs Gonorrhea and Syphilis Down, but Not Beaten: Chlamydia Continues to Spread Widely"
    This press release presents information about the status of STDs in the U.S. (Added December 7, 1998)

    "New CDC Guidelines Call for TB Screening and Treatment for All HIV-Infected IndividualsTreatment Options Must be Carefully Considered to Prevent Interactions with HIV Drugs"
    This press release announces the new CDC guidelines for the proper evaluation and treatment of TB in HIV-infected individuals. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "Status of Perinatal HIV Prevention in the United States: CDC Statement Following the Release of the Institute of Medicine Report
    from Helene Gayle, M.D., Director, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC"

    This press release explains CDC's response to the Institute of Medicine report evaluating state efforts to reduce perinatal HIV transmission and analyzing the barriers to further reductions. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "Births and Deaths: Preliminary Data for 1997"
    This document includes information on births and deaths in the United States from the National Center for Health Statistics. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "AIDS Mortality Falls Sharply; Teen Births Also Down, New Report Shows"
    This press release presents statistics and reasons for a reduction in AIDS mortality and teen births. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "New CDC Report Cites Drop in Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Teens"
    This press release discusses a MMWR article that cites a decrease in sexual risk behaviors among teens. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "CDC Publishes National Data on HIV Prevalence Among Disadvantaged Youth in the 1990's Most Compelling Evidence to Date of the Continued Impact of HIV on Young African-American Women"
    This press release focuses on the data showing a high rate of HIV infection among young disadvantaged women, particularly African-American women. (Added December 1, 1998)

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    "President Clinton Signs Landmark Legislation to Boost the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities"
    This release from the White House discusses the Jeffords-Kennedy Work Incentives Improvement Act. (Added December 20, 1999)

    "HHS Awards $11 Million in HIV/AIDS Care for U.S.-Mexico Border and Migrant Residents "
    This release from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will fund a new grant program to care for for people with HIV/AIDS living in the U.S.-Mexico border region. (Added December 6, 1999)

    "The Children Left Behind"
    This release from UNAIDS highlights a new report by UNICEF and UNAIDS on the millions of children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. (Added December 2, 1999)

    "World AIDS Day Presidential Proclamation"
    This release from the White House is the Presidential Proclamation for World AIDS Day 1999. (Added November 30, 1999)

    "Latest HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Now Available Online "
    This press release from amfAR announces the release of its online HIV/AIDS Treatment Directory in a searchable format. (Added November 23, 1999)

    "UNAIDS Calls for Stronger Political Commitment to Fighting Epidemic in Central America"
    This press release from UNAIDS states that stronger political support is necessary to address the rising number of HIV infections in Central America and the Caribbean. (Added November 11, 1999)

    "Anti-HIV Treatment Improves Immune System and Fights Sight-Threatening Eye infection"
    This press release from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) presents the results from a study that suggests a combination of anti-HIV drugs improves the immune systems of people with AIDS and prevents the progression of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis. (Added November 3, 1999)

    "NIAID Study: Rapid Rebound of HIV and Reappearance of HIV Reservoirs in Patients Treated with IL-2 and Combination Antiretroviral Drugs Following Cessation of Therapy"
    This press release from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discusses study findings that suggest that some HIV continues to lurk in reservoirs within the body, out of the reach of anti-HIV drugs. (Added October 28, 1999)

    "Targeted Outreach and Service Techniques Improve Retention of Women in HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials"
    This press release from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) focuses on the importance of testing new HIV/AIDS treatments on women and the outreach programs that target women to improve their participation in clinical trials. (Added October 13, 1999)

    "Private Sector Called Upon to Reduce AIDS Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries"
    This press release from UNAIDS explains how and why the private sector should be more involved in health and development programs. (Added October 13, 1999)

    "New Model Suggests That AIDS Drugs May Not Abolish HIV Infection"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents information about a new model of the decline in HIV levels during treatment that states that current AIDS drugs may never eradicate HIV from infected individuals. (Added October 11, 1999)

    "HRSA Awards $2.5 Million to Improve Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Underserved Individuals with AIDS"
    This press release from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the award of $2.5 million in grants to develop and assess high quality palliative and end-of-life care programs for individuals with HIV/AIDS. (Added October 11, 1999)

    "Break The Silence: Let's Talk About AIDS"
    This press release from the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs discusses an AIDS prevention program to be implemented at the Confederation of East and Central Africa Football Associations' Youth Tournament in Kenya. (Added October 11, 1999)

    "HRSA Awards $4.9 Million for New Models of HIV Care and Evaluation/Support Centers"
    This press release from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the award of $4.9 million to develop models of care and support centers to improve primary care and related services for underserved individuals affected by HIV disease. (Added September 28, 1999)

    "UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot visits Denmark to discuss collaboration on the AIDS crisis in Africa"
    This press release from UNAIDS includes statements from Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, that call on the Nordic countries to increase funding that addresses the AIDS epidemic in developing countries. (Added September 28, 1999)

    "Remarks by the President to the 54th Session of the United Nations General Assembly"
    Provided by the White House, this transcript of President Clinton's comments to the 54th Session of the United Nations General Assembly includes initiatives to accelerate AIDS, TB, and malaria vaccine development. (Added September 24, 1999)

    "HHS Awards $3.9 Million to Improve HIV/AIDS Care Delivery to African Americans and Underserved Individuals"
    This press release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the award of planning grants to 79 public and private organizations to bolster HIV/AIDS care to African Americans and individuals in rural and underserved areas. (Added April 8, 1999)

    "President Clinton Provides Important Message to International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa"
    This press release from the White House Office of National AIDS Policy discusses a message from President Clinton presented to the 11th Annual Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) . (Added September 17, 1999)

    "New research links dramatic HIV rates in girls to older partners"
    This press release from UNAIDS provides the results of a study revealing that dramatically high HIV levels in teenage girls are linked to sexual contact with older men. (Added September 14, 1999)

    "UN Leaders call AIDS in Africa a massive development catastrophe"
    This press release from UNAIDS presents statements from UN leaders that stress the need for adequate funding for AIDS prevention and care programs in Africa. (Added September 14, 1999)

    "More than 1 Million Infants will be Infected with HIV by 2003 Unless Prevention Measures Taken Immediately"
    This press release from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) states that immediate action must be taken to prevent the rising incidence of perinatal transmission of HIV in the developing world. (Added September 2, 1999)

    "Study Finds HIV Breastfeeding Risk Highest in Early Months After Birth"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) presents the results of the study that show that the infant's risk of becoming infected with the AIDS virus through breastfeeding is highest during the first few months of life. (Added August 27, 1999)

    "Lung Association Challenges Congress To Fund New Plan To Eliminate TB in the U.S. 'We're So Close...This Is Not the Time for Complacency'"
    This press release from American Lung Association (ALA) announces that the ALA and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) are recommending that Congress approve $320 million for FY2000 to fight TB. (Added August 16, 1999)

    "High HIV RNA Levels Major Risk Factor for Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) discusses two studies that provide evidence that the amount of HIV in a pregnant woman's blood is the prime risk factor for transmitting the virus to her baby. (Added August 5, 1999)

    "$12 Million Awarded to HIV/AIDS Care Programs for Women, Children, Youth and Families"
    This press release from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces $12 million in grant awards for programs that provide HIV/AIDS care and access to research for women, children, youth and families. (Added August 5, 1999)

    "Vice President Gore Announces Administration Will Seek $100 Million Initiative ? A Record Increase -- in Funds to Fight Global AIDS"
    This press release from The White House announces that the Clinton administration is seeking $100 million more to fight AIDS in Africa. (Added July 20, 1999)

    "Researchers Identify a Simple, Affordable Drug Regimen That is Highly Effective in Preventing HIV Infection in Infants of Mothers with the Disease"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announces the discovery of an effective and safe drug regimen for preventing the transmission of HIV from an infected mother to her infant. (Added July 14, 1999)

    "Combination HIV Vaccine Induces Diverse Immune Responses"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents data from a clinical trial testing that shows that a combination of two candidate HIV vaccines can stimulate diverse immune responses against HIV. (Added July 14, 1999)

    "HRSA Awards $5.3 Million for HIV/AIDS Early Intervention Services"
    This press release from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the award of $5.3 million in grants to 16 organizations for HIV services to people living with HIV/AIDS or at risk for contracting HIV. (Added July 14, 1999)

    "HRSA Announces $13.2 Million in Grants to Educate and Train AIDS Care Providers"
    This press release from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces the award of $13.2 million to 12 AIDS Education and Training Centers to provide education and training to HIV/AIDS healthcare providers. (Added July 14, 1999)

    "Hepatitis C: An Emerging Threat to Public Health"
    This press release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discusses the rise of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the initiatives that HHS is taking to reduce its spread. (Added June 23, 1999)

    "Update on Female-Controlled Methods for HIV and STD Prevention"
    This press release from UNAIDS stresses the need for additional methods to prevent STDs and HIV infection in women. Specific efforts include increasing the availability of the female condom and to develop a safe and effective microbicide. (Added June 23, 1999)

    "Scientists Suggest New Approaches for Development of AIDS Drugs and Vaccines "
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents the new findings of an international team of AIDS researchers. (Added June 23, 1999)

    "WHO Issues "Wake-up Call" Against Microbial Threats"
    This press release from the World Health Organization (WHO) discusses a new report that states that six infectious diseases are responsible for one in every two deaths among young working age adults and children worldwide and that most of these diseases could be easily prevented or treated. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "HHS Announces Three Sites for Special Crisis Response Teams To Battle HIV/AIDS in Minority Communities"
    This press release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that HHS will send special teams of experts to three cities to assist in the development of strategies targeted to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minority populations. (Added June 16, 1999)

    "NIH Dedicates New Vaccine Research Center to Dale and Betty Bumpers"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announces the unveiling and dedication of the new NIH vaccine research center named the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center. (Added June 10, 1999)

    "Programmes with Young People in the Eastern European Region"
    This press release from UNAIDS presents examples of projects working with young people in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Eastern European region. (Added June 2, 1999)

    "Structural Collapse Sets the Scene for the Rapid Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Young People in Eastern Europe"
    This press release from UNAIDS discusses the rise in HIV infections in Eastern Europe and its launch of Listen, Learn, Live!, the World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People. (Added June 2, 1999)

    "New Anti-HIV Therapies Needed to Eradicate HIV"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discusses findings presented in the New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrate the need to develop new strategies to suppress HIV. (Added May 27, 1999)

    "Status of AIDS Vaccine Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) summarizes the progress of NIH-sponsored AIDS vaccine research over the past two years. (Added May 24, 1999)

    "amfAR Awards $1.7 Million in Grants to Support Research on AIDS Vaccines and Immune Reconstitution"
    This press release from amfAR announces that amfAR is providing $1.7 million in grants for research on AIDS vaccines and immune reconstitution. (Added May 18, 1999)

    "Second Annual AIDS Vaccine Day Honors Volunteers Nationwide"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discusses activities that are occurring for the Second Annual AIDS Vaccine Day. (Added May 18, 1999)

    "AIDS Moves Up to Fourth Place Among World Killers"
    This press release from UNAIDS announces that AIDS is now the leading cause of death in Africa and AIDS kills more people worldwide than any other infectious disease. (Added May 11, 1999)

    "Immune Response To Hepatitis B Spares Liver Cells"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) discusses the results of a study that suggests that the body's immune system eliminates most hepatitis B virus without destroying a large amount of infected liver cells. (Added May 3, 1999)

    "NIAID Renews Funding for Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announces that NIAID has awarded 5-year grants to support the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). (Added April 22, 1999)

    "Funding of AIDS Efforts Not Keeping Pace with Epidemic"
    This press release from UNAIDS presents the results of a study that examined donor spending on efforts to address HIV/AIDS and national HIV/AIDS spending among developing countries. (Added April 22, 1999)

    "HHS Announces $710 Million in Grants to States for HIV/AIDS Care and Medication"
    This press release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the awarding of grants intended to increase accessibility of healthcare, support services, and medications for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. (Added April 8, 1999)

    "IOM Report Offers New Look at U.S. Vaccine Priorities"
    This press release from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) presents the results from a recent Institute of Medicine study aimed to assist researchers in setting vaccine priorities. (Added April 8, 1999)

    "1999 World TB Day: WHO TB Report shows global response to epidemic inadequate"
    This press release from The World Health Organization (WHO) stresses the need for immediate political action to stop the rising spread of multi-drug resistant TB. (Added March 24, 1999)

    "UNAIDS supports decision by Thai government to move ahead with large-scale human testing of AIDS vaccine"
    This press release from UNAIDS announces that UNAIDS supports the authorization of human testing of an experimental AIDS vaccine in Thailand. (Added February 12, 1999)

    "NIAID Opens First AIDS Vaccine Trial in Africa"
    This press release from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announces the beginning of the first AIDS vaccine trial in Africa. (Added February 9, 1999)

    "New Studies Offer Clues to AIDS Vaccine Design and Safety"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) discusses AIDS vaccine research. (Added February 2, 1999)

    "NIAID-Supported Scientists Discover Origin of HIV-1"
    This press release from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) reports that scientists have discovered that the HIV-1 virus originated from a subspecies of chimpanzees native to west equatorial Africa. (Added February 1, 1999)

    "Culturally Relevant Behavioral Intervention Dramatically Reduces STDs"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) discusses a study that through the used behavioral intervention to significantly lower new cases of sexually transmitted diseases. (Added January 14, 1999)

    "Reassuring Findings about Infants Exposed to Zidovudine"
    This press release from National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents the findings from a study that examined the effects of infants exposed to AZT. (Added January 14, 1999)

    "Caritas Internationalis & UNAIDS Join Forces against AIDS"
    This press release from UNAIDS announces the agreement between the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Caritas Internationalis to work in cooperation in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. (Added January 12, 1999)

    "President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Leading the Fight Against HIV/AIDS"
    This press release from The White House announces the release of $479 million in new Ryan White funding for people with HIV/AIDS. (Added December 18, 1998)

    "WHO Guidelines Address Risk of Tuberculosis Transmission During Air Travel"
    This press release from The World Health Organization (WHO) presents information about the newly released guidelines, "Tuberculosis and Air Travel: Guidelines for Prevention and Control". (Added December 18, 1998)

    "Food and Drug Administration Approves New Drug to Treat HIV/AIDS"
    This press release from Glaxo Wellcome Inc. announces the FDA approval of their newest AIDS drug, Ziagen. (Added December 18, 1998)

    "Study Offers Hope for Immune Reconstitution After HIV Infection"
    This press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discusses a study finding functionality of the thymus gland during adulthood. (Added December 17, 1998)

    "Asia Is 'Epicentre' Of World's Tuberculosis Emergency"
    This press release from the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme (GTB) states that Asia must become a priority in TB control efforts or the epidemic will become increasingly more difficult to contain. (Added December 1, 1998)

    "First -Ever Analysis of Global Disease Burden of Sexual Activity and Reproduction Published"
    This press release from The World Health Organization (WHO) discusses a report that analyzes global disease associated with sexual activity and reproduction. (Added December 1, 1998)

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