Jonathan Mermin

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Dr. Jonathan Mermin, M.D.[a 1], M.P.H.[a 2] (RADM, USPHS), is the Director of the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), and a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.[1]

Curriculum vitae

From 2009-2013, Dr. Mermin directed CDC’s Division of AIDS Prevention, overseeing the agency’s HIV efforts in the United States. He previously served as Director of CDC-Kenya and HHS Public Health Attaché for the U.S. Embassy from 2006-2009, and as Director of CDC-Uganda from 1999-2006. In Uganda, he oversaw implementation of the first antiretroviral treatment program funded by CDC outside of the United States, gaining practical experience for PEPFAR and supporting widespread HIV treatment efforts in developing countries.[1]

Circumcision statement

The guidelines do not outright call for circumcision of all male newborns, since that is a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences, Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, told the Associated Press. But “the scientific evidence is clear that the benefits outweigh the risks,” Mermin said.
– Jonathan Mermin (Physicians News Digest)[2]



  1. REFweb Doctor of Medicine, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021. In the United Kingdom, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, the abbreviation MD is common.
  2. REFweb Master of Public Health or Master of Philosophy in Public Health, Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 June 2021.


  1. a b REFweb (1 October 2021). National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), CDC. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  2. REFnews Thompson, Dennis (2 December 2014)."CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons", Physicians News Digest. Retrieved 8 November 2021.