A fellowship opportunity is available with the HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) within the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS) collects information about persons with diagnosed HIV infection in all U.S. states and dependent areas. Molecular HIV Surveillance (MHS), which is an integrated component of NHSS, collects additional information needed to better understand HIV drug resistance and transmission networks. CDC routinely analyzes this information to identify transmission clusters that represent recent, rapid HIV transmission and guides public health activities to investigate and respond. We are recruiting an ORISE fellow to assist with this high profile project, including assessing the effectiveness of this approach. This position is located in the HIV Incidence and Case Surveillance Branch in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at CDC.
During 2001-2012, CDC funded a series of projects to assess transmitted HIV drug resistance and HIV diversity. In January 2013, CDC implemented MHS, which adds the analysis of transmission networks to the HIV surveillance portfolio and expands data collection to 27 jurisdictions (20 states, 5 cities/counties, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico). MHS achieves its aims through the collection of HIV nucleotide sequences generated by antiretroviral drug resistance testing, which is conducted as a part of standard HIV care. These data are used to monitor the prevalence of HIV drug resistance among persons living with HIV, describe the diversity of HIV strains, and study HIV transmission between populations. In recent years, the use of MHS data has expanded, and we are currently applying cutting edge scientific methods to identify clusters of recent, rapid HIV transmission. When such clusters are identified, we work with the affected jurisdictions to guide public health activities to intervene and prevent further transmission.
As cluster detection activities have ramped up rapidly over the last year, work is needed to systematically collect information on the outcomes of the investigations and public health interventions that result from this work and assess the effectiveness of this approach.
This fellowship offers the opportunity to work on high-priority, high-impact issues in domestic HIV surveillance. MHS provides crucial data for understanding the spread of HIV in the United States. The fellow will receive outstanding training in surveillance, including molecular surveillance and epidemiology, with a focus on implementation, monitoring, public health response, and evaluation. The fellow will have the opportunity to make important contributions to this project by systematically collecting information related to HIV transmission cluster investigations and interventions and contributing to an assessment of the effectiveness of transmission cluster investigation and response. The fellow will also have opportunities to analyze data and present and publish the findings of those analyses. The fellow will gain valuable work experience at CDC with the potential for continuing on at the agency depending on availability of funds and/or positions.
This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at CDC in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Participants do not become employees of CDC or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.