What we’re reading: How to stop an epidemic

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From dead last in HIV suppression among high-income countries, to eliminating transmission  is going to take work – Dr. W. David Hardy saw his first HIV patients more than 30 years ago in Los Angeles, where some of the earliest studies improving understanding of the virus and the epidemic took place. More recently he has worked in Washington, DC, and Baltimore. All are home to a wealth of medical, scientific, and academic resources. All are also have some of the highest rates of new HIV infections in the nation, and for that reason are on the list of targeted communities in the administration’s initiative to end HIV as an epidemic in the U.S. Dr. Hardy explains here what will have to be done if the U.S. is to move from “dead last” in rates of HIV suppression among comparably well-resourced countries, to ending transmissions.

Zambia goes on measles alert – Access to preventive measures everywhere is the best defense against infectious diseases anywhere. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has repeatedly warned policy makers at home improved global health security efforts ensuring that all countries have the capacities and access necessary to stop infectious outbreaks where they originate is essential to protecting health at home.

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