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Issue No. 49 | November 11, 2011

News and Features

FDA Launches Web Site with Information on Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Medical Sharps

“FDA launched a new website, Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings), for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other so-called ‘sharps’ that are used at home, at work and while traveling.

“HIV infected patients may receive injectable medications such as Fuzeon for treatment of HIV infection or may use different injectable medications for other medical reasons.

“The website is intended to help people understand the public health risks created by improperly disposing of used sharps and how users should safely dispose of them.

“Sharps is a term for medical devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut the skin. Such medical devices include hypodermic needles and syringes used to administer medication, such as Fuzeon; lancets or fingerstick devices to collect blood for testing, etc.

“After being used, many sharps end up in home and public trash cans or flushed down toilets. This kind of improper disposal puts people, such as sanitation workers, sewage treatment workers, janitors, housekeepers, family members and children at risk for needle stick injuries or infection with viruses such as Hepatitis B and C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). …

“For additional information please see:
Improperly Discarded Sharps Can Be Dangerous (Consumer Update)

More information is available:

New Edition of AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms Now Available!

The English-language 7th edition of the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms is now available on the AIDSinfo Web site and for ordering. The glossary provides a comprehensive guide to the vocabulary used to describe HIV/AIDS, including its treatment, prevention, and ongoing research.

The glossary is available on the AIDSinfo Web site in Web- and printer-friendly formats and on the AIDSinfo mobile site. The online version of the glossary includes an audio feature providing users with the pronunciation for each term. In the coming year, the updated glossary will also be available in Spanish and as iPhone and Android apps.

To order copies of the glossary, contact the AIDSinfo call center by e-mail (, phone (800-448-0440), or Live Chat.

CDC Updates Three Fact Sheets

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the following three fact sheets:

  • HIV among African Americans: This fact sheet provides information and statistics on diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS among African Americans. Prevention challenges in this population and CDC prevention programs that target African-American communities are also detailed.
  • HIV among Latinos: This fact sheet provides information and statistics on diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS among Latinos. Prevention challenges in Latino communities and CDC research programs that target the Latino population are also detailed.
  • HIV in the United States: This fact sheet provides information and statistics on HIV infection in the United States, broken down by risk group and race/ethnicity.