Fenway Lauds Mermin Appointment to CDC’s Direct National Center For HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD & Tuberculosis Prevention

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cdc_smBOSTON, Mass.—Last week, Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH was named the new Director at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fenway Health congratulated Dr. Mermin and looks forward to continuing to work with him to reduce new HIV infections and promote sexual health for all.

With a budget of approximately $1 billion, NCHHSTP is one of the larger centers at CDC. The Center maximizes public health and safety nationally and internationally through the elimination, prevention, and control of disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs and TB. [pullquote]”Dr. Mermin distinguished himself in his work on HIV treatment and prevention scale up in Uganda and Kenya, and has brought a new vision and renewed sense of purpose to his team at CDC.” —Stephen Boswell, MD, President & CEO of Fenway Health[/pullquote]

“Fenway Health is thrilled to welcome Dr. Mermin to this new position,” said Stephen Boswell, MD, President & CEO of Fenway Health. “During his time as Director of the Division of HIV Prevention, Dr. Mermin increased attention and shifted funding to gay and bisexual men in the HIV epidemic, both in the U.S. and globally. He also launched the gathering of gender identity data on those newly diagnosed with HIV, and produced an analysis of HIV infection rates and risk behaviors among older adults. He has overseen the expeditious issuance of guidance for the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce HIV infections for key populations. We look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Mermin to prioritize vulnerable populations in the epidemic and incorporate new prevention paradigms into our efforts.”

Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute and Medical Research Director of Fenway Health commented, “The selection of Dr. Mermin is a brilliant choice and bodes well for the enactment of the President’s National AIDS Strategy. Dr. Mermin distinguished himself in his work on HIV treatment and prevention scale up in Uganda and Kenya, and has brought a new vision and renewed sense of purpose to his team at CDC. We anticipate new and close collaborative efforts with the CDC’s HIV/AIDS Program under his leadership.” [pullquote]“During his time as Director of the Division of HIV Prevention, Dr. Mermin increased attention and shifted funding to gay and bisexual men in the HIV epidemic, both in the U.S. and globally.” —Stephen Boswell, MD, President & CEO of Fenway Health[/pullquote]

For more than forty years, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Fenway’s Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center cares for youth and young adults ages 12 to 29 who may not feel comfortable going anywhere else, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless or living on the streets; struggling with substance use or abuse; sex workers; or living with HIV/AIDS.

[From a News Release]