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Medical Expert Answers Health Questions on Talk to America

The latest program in the monthly Talk to America-Johns Hopkins Hospital medical series dealt with controlling sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2005 - Dr. Jonathan Zenilman, Professor of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, answered callers' questions about sexually transmitted diseases today during a guest appearance on Voice of America's (VOA) Talk to America radio call-in show.

During the hour-long program, Dr. Zenilman talked with physicians, medical practitioners, and other callers from India, Kuwait, Germany, and Saudi Arabia about the hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are affected by sexually transmitted diseases, also known in parts of the world as sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Today's program was the latest in a series of monthly shows produced by VOA in cooperation with the world renowned Baltimore, Maryland hospital that focus on the global fight against diseases. On September 8, Dr. Thomas Quinn will be the guest as VOA discusses the problem of HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Previous shows in the series have allowed VOA's worldwide audience to call in or e-mail their questions directly to medical experts and researchers about malaria, avian flu, and tuberculosis.

Talk to America, VOA's first daily international call-in talk show, is aired Monday through Friday at 1600 UTC (1200 EDT). The 60-minute program reaches millions of listeners across the globe and addresses a wide range of topics from U.S. foreign policy to American movies and sports. Callers can ask questions of guests via telephone, fax, and the Internet. The entire VOA-Johns Hopkins series, including today's program, is available on the Talk to America page of the VOA website at:

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages, including English.

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