The Perspective
   
NOVEMBER 2015

New & Noteworthy

We’re moving!

The health district is planning its move to its newest public health center located at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. It is anticipated all services will be relocated in the first quarter of 2016. For updated information and all the latest health district news, check out our website, www.SNHD.info or follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict; or connect with us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHD.info.

November is National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States with approximately 9.3 percent of the population impacted. According to the American Diabetes Association, that translates to about 29.1 million Americans who have diabetes, and 8 million-plus undiagnosed. In Clark County, 9.5 percent of adults have diabetes, based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The health district and its partners offer education programs, self-management classes and other resources to help people impacted by diabetes. In addition, an online program called the Road to Diabetes Prevention was launched earlier this year. It’s a six-session program to help participants lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. More information about the Road to Diabetes Prevention program and other resources is available on GetHealthyClarkCounty.org.

World AIDS Day

In 1988, December 1 was established as World AIDS Day at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 1.1 million people over the age of 13 are living with HIV infection in the United States; and only four in 10 are in HIV medical care. Each year, there are approximately 50,000 new HIV infections, a number that has remained stable since the mid-1990s. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to encourage everyone to get tested to learn his or her HIV status. Testing is the first step to treatment. Several years ago, the CDC recommended that voluntary HIV testing become routine for patients between the ages of 13 and 64. The health district and its partners offer HIV testing at regular clinics. For more information, visit Sexual Health Clinic Testing & Services.

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