2012 The Root 100
 

Kevin Fenton is director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.

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  • Influence: 198.1
  • Reach: 9.6
  • Substance: 8.0
  • Media Mentions: 136
  • Internet Mentions: 8400
  • Twitter Followers: 3294
  • Kevin Fenton

  • A leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coming up with new, innovative tools and methods to fight the spread of HIV.
  • Job: Director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
  • Sector: Health Care
  • Twitter: @cdc_drfenton
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Age: 45
  • Bio: Among the many different areas that keep Kevin Fenton busy is his work to reach older Americans about the dangers of unprotected sex. He said a third of the nearly 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. are over age 50, and that ratio is expected to increase to 50 percent by 2020. But he remains optimistic about the future. "I took over leading this center seven years ago ... I envisioned a future in which there were new resources, new partnerships, more effective ways of delivering the tools we have for combating HIV," he told The Root during this year's International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. "Now I feel like we're moving in the right direction." Fenton’s work is not just about HIV -- in August, he determined that treating gonorrhea now requires a shot instead of a pill.
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