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  •     April 3, 2015     Clinical Advisory: Ocular Syphilis in the United States Since December 2014, at least 15 cases of ocular syphilis from California and Washington have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least five other states have suspect cases under investiga
  • Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out a clinical advisory on an apparent increase in ocular syphilis in the United States.  According to the Advisory: “Since December 2014, at least 15 cases of ocular syphilis from California and Washington have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least five other states have suspect cases under investigation. The majority of cases have been among MSM with HIV; and a
  • Our case is a 45 year old HIV+ gay man who presented to our STD clinic as a contact to a partner with gonorrhea. He has had a generalized rash since 6 weeks and now also complains of "pink eye".  The (timely) case study is this week's feature resource.
  • Reproductive and sexual health morbidity in the United States continues to far exceed that of other developed nations. Calls for greater attention and new strategies to address this fact usually begin with a ceremonial nod to the numbers of associated adverse health outcomes (an estimated 50 000 new human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] infections, 20 million sexually transmitted infections [STIs], 3 million unintended pregnancies, and 1 million rapes annually).1 This morbidity has substan
  • Cervical cancer screening used to all be so simple—women were told just go for your annual Pap. But now we have new tests to screen for cervical cancer, plus updated guidelines that—for most women—mean routine screening is done every few years rather than annually. The changes are confusing not only to women but their healthcare providers, too. So to sort all this out, in this episode of our Sex+Health podcast we’re talking with Dr. Warner Huh, Division D
  • Under the banner: "Transcending Barriers, Creating Opportunities" the 2016 National STD Prevention Conference will be held September 20 - 23, 2016 in Atlanta. This conference is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Sexually Transmited Diseases Association, the American Sexual Health Association, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the Pan American Health Association, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The conference invites al
  • Time for our annual chat with Bill Smith, the Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. At the end of the national NCSD conference on Savannah last week we spoke with him about the expanding role of the disease intervention specialist (DIS), the opportunities and challenges with PrEP, and the science-program interface. Please find the new installment of STDPOdcast at this link, or by clicking on the play button below in the "Featured Resouce".
  • November 12, 2015       Dear Colleagues,   Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published “Increase in Incidence of Congenital Syphilis —
  • All STD metrics appear to move in the wrong direction. The latest CDC STD surveillance report gives us much to think about as cases of all three nationally notifiable sexually transmitted diseases—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis —have increased for the first time since 2006.   A copy is available in Resources.
  • January 20, 2016         Dear Partners in Prevention, Abstracts are being accepted for the 2016 STD Prevention Conference through April 25, 2016. The Conference theme: Tra

In Focus

CDC Update on Bicillin Shortage

    May 24, 2016 Dear STD Program Colleagues, Penicillin G benzathine is the recommended treatment for syphilis and the only recommended treatment for pregnant women infected or exposed to syphilis.  Pfizer, the sole manufacturer of Bicillin L-A® (penicillin G benzathine) in the United States is experiencing a manufacturing delay of this pr
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Gonorrhea Treatment Failure Reported in the United
Kingdom

Highlights Need for Extra-genital Screening and Reduction in Gonorrhea Morbidity in the U.S.   Washington, D.C. – A gonorrhea treatment failure in a heterosexual man in the United Kingdom was reported in the June 23rd edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.  This patient presented with symptoms of an STD and tests of urine specimens and a throat swab came back positive for gonorrhea.  After receiving dual treatment, his test of cure 15 days later showed that his urine specimen was negative but his throat swab remained positive.  It was not until nearly four months
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Featured Resource

ZIKA - Dear Colleague Letter from Dr. Gail Bolan

Zika update and resources. See PDF attached.
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What's New

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Table of Contents August 2016

          A new issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases is now available online and for download through the iPad app!  Keep reading below for more details about this
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NCSD Weekly Update - July 22, 2016

       Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: NCSD Joins Maker of Trojan Condoms to Raise Awareness of Threat of Zika Virus in Puerto Rico
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NCSD Recruiting New Executive Director

    After nearly seven years of leading the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), William (Bill) Smith will be stepping down from his position as Executive Director in September to become the President and
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NCSD Weekly Update - July 15, 2016

       Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: NCSD Recruiting for New Executive Director Increasing Antibiotic Resistance in Gonorrhea Outlined NCSD's "It's Your
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NCSD Weekly Update - July 8,, 2016

    Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: NCSD Recruiting for New Executive Director NCSD's "It's Your Call" - Using Community Engagement to Promote
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NCSD Weekly Update - July 1,, 2016

    Dear NCSD Members -   We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend!  As a reminder, NCSD will be closed on Monday in honor of the holiday. 
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NCC News - July, 2016

    NCC News The National Chlamydia Coalition Newsletter  Issue 83: June 30, 2016       In This Issue NCC at Chlamydia Screening Meeting HIV Testing Guide Teens Not Getting Tested for STIs Syphils Screening
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NCSD Weekly Update - June 24, 2016

       Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: NCSD Sends Letter to Congress Opposing Proposed Cut to Division of STD Prevention News from NCSD Industry Partner
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Announcements

2016 National STD Prevention Conference

The 2016 National STD Prevention Conference will be held September 20-23 in Atlanta, GA. Abstracts can now be submitted. More information at this link.

Posted on January 26, 2016

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