2 posts tagged “CDC”

Coming together to recognize World Aids Day

Posted December 1st, 2013 by

World AIDS Day. December 1We believe that the best way to live better is by sharing real-world health experiences with each other, and today, PatientsLikeMe and aids.gov are encouraging everyone to share their own stories with HIV and AIDS. The theme of this year’s World Aids Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation,” and you can participate by reaching out and speaking with the global HIV/AIDS community.

If you’re wondering about HIV/AIDS, did you know that…

  • Over 30 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, including over a million people in the United States1
  • Many people with HIV don’t experience any symptoms until they progress toward AIDS, and as a result…1
  • 1 in 5 Americans living with HIV/AIDS are unaware of their condition2

So, how can you do your part to raise awareness today (and beyond) and help people learn more about this condition? You can:

There are over 3,500 PatientsLikeMe members sharing their journey with HIV and AIDS in the community forums. Today, and every day, you can share your own story and help change the lives of others for good.


1 http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/global-statistics/

2 http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/hiv-aids-101/statistics/


PatientsLikeMeOnCall: Monitoring Health Hazards with Modern Tools

Posted September 16th, 2011 by

Welcome to the fifth installment of our latest PatientsLikeMeOnCall podcast series, entitled “It’s Friday – Let’s Journal Club.”

Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, MD, MS

This week’s guest is Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, Deputy Director of the Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare Information at the CDC. He came by PatientsLikeMe headquarters recently to discuss the BioSense project, an initiative launched following 9/11 and the subsequent Anthrax threats to create an integrated national public health surveillance system for early detection of potential bioterrorism-related illnesses.

After this important Journal Club talk, PatientsLikeMe’s Aaron Fleishman sat down with Dr. Kass-Hout to learn more about the evolution of the BioSense program, which Dr. Kass-Hout oversees. Listen in below to hear what Dr. Kass-Hout had to say about the current expansion of the program to include other human health hazards, from chronic illness to infectious disease, as well as the new “cloud” technology involved.