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  •   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Public Health Service  Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC)  Atlanta, GA 30341-3724  May 6, 2016  Dear Colleagues,  As you are aware, the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to its highest level. STD grantees have expressed interest
  • The number of ocular syphilis cases continues to increase. Whether this is simply a reflection of the rising syphilis epidemic or a result of a particular aggressive treponemal strain is not clear. Regardless, if not treated promptly, ocular syphilis may cause significant complications, including permanent blindness. Thus, STD clinicians should be aware of this serious syphilis manifestation and assessment of visual complaints and other symptoms of neurologic involvement should b
  • The joint conference of the 20nd Meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research and the 18th World Congress of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections will be held July 9-12, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. More information on: www.stihivrio2017.com
  • The 2017 National Sexual Health Conference, to be held in Denver July 6-8, 2017,aims to create opportunities to share information, efforts, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care, among others.  The full program is now available on the conference website: More information: www.sexualhealth2017.org 
  • "At present, Zika virus testing for the assessment of risk for sexual transmission is of uncertain value, because current understanding of the duration and pattern of shedding of Zika virus in the male and female genitourinary tract is lim- ited. Therefore, testing of specimens to assess risk for sexual transmission is currently not recommended. Zika virus testing is recommended for persons who have had possible sexual exposure to Zika virus and who develop signs or sy
  • This year's recipient of the ASTDA Distinguished Career Award is Dr. Anne Rompalo, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. We spoke with her during the 2016 World Congress of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections in Marrakesh, Morocco. Topic of discussion: the future of STD point-of-care testing. Pease listen to the podcast by pressing the "play" button below on the STDPO home page or by going to the "R
  • The National Network of STD Prevention Training Centers has released a new app for iPhone and iPad: the STD Clinical Toolbox. It features a complete listing of all PTC trainings, conferences, and other activities; it provides an easy overview of the most salient details of the current STD Treatment Guidelines, and it also has a great news section. The app can be downloaded at no cost from the Apple App Store.
  • The following free articles appeared in this month's installment of the Real World of STD Prevention: Young Low-Risk Heterosexual Clients Prefer a Chlamydia Home Collection Test to a Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic Visit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, A Cross-Sectional Study van Rooijen, Martijn S.; Koekenbier, Rik H.; Hendriks, Alfons; de Vries, Henry J.C.; van Leeuwen, Petra; van Veen, Maaike G.   Implementation of Preexposure Prophylaxis for Human Immunode
  • The new American administration led by Donald Trump and Michael Pence promises changes likely detrimental to the public health infrastructure addressing sexually transmitted diseases, and to the funding streams that support research on prevention, treatment, and education. Rollback of expanded health access, insecurity among immigrant populations, loss of legal protections for sexual and gender minorities, and aggressive restrictions on sexual/reproductive health services are just the most gen
  • Comparison of In-Person Versus Telephone Interviews for Early Syphilis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Partner Services in King County, Washington (2010–2014) Heumann, Christine L.; Katz, David A.; Dombrowski, Julia C.; Bennett, Amy B.; Manhart, Lisa E.; Golden, Matthew R.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases . 44(4):249-254, April 2017.   Approach to Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing for Men at an Urban Urgent

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National Sexual Health Conference July 6 - 8, 2017

The 2017 National SHC aims to create opportunities to share information, efforts, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care, among oth...

Posted on August 19, 2016

contact: Halley.Hadfield@dhha.org

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STI&HIV World Congress 2017 - Rio de Janeiro

The joint conference of the 20nd Meeting of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research and the 18th World Congress of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections will be held July ...

Posted on August 19, 2016

contact: mauroromero@id.uff.br

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2018 IUSTI World and European Congress

The 2018 World Congress of the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) will be held in conjunction with the annual IUSTI Europe conference from June 27-30, 2018 at Trinity College in Dublin Ireland.&nb...

Posted on April 14, 2017

contact: iusti2018@abbey.ie

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