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Ensure clinicians are well prepared to meet the needs of their clients/patients.
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and data is essential to clinical workforce development.
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Enhance the ability of organizations and health
departments to meet the needs of their clients.
We believe that by increasing the skills and capacity of
organizations, they can become more agile, adaptable and equitable.
The CDC just released its STD Surveillance Report, 2016. For the third year in a row, overall rates of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are increasing.
While STDs can impact anyone, the new report underscores how disparities are deepening for the hardest-hit and most vulnerable groups:
Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection. Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.
Fighting back against STDs takes all of us. The CDC has provided some resources you can use to spread information in your community and practice:
CDC’s 2016 STD Surveillance Report website to find the report any related resources
A NEW infographic that you can adapt and use in your state
Sample Social media and social media ready graphics
Fact Sheets about STDs
Posters, stickers, and other free STD prevention campaign materials
If you have any tough STD questions from your own medical practice, you can get a free expert clinical consultation from the STD Clinical Consultation Network (STDCCN). Online requests for STD clinical consults are addressed within 1 – 5 business days, depending on urgency.
Men who have sex with men remain the largest population impacted by HIV in the United States. Stigma, homophobia and discrimination put gay and bisexual men of all races at ethnicities at risk and may affect whether they seek and are able to receive high quality health care services including HIV testing, treatment and prevention services. In order for health care providers to effectively address social factors which make MSM vulnerable to HIV, they need to create their own enhanced understanding of why those factors, like stigma and homophobia, put MSM at risk.
Our MSM Cultural Sensitivity Training builds providers overall understanding of the cultural and social dynamics adversely impacting MSM populations’ access and engagement in healthcare services.
HIV-PrEP with Expert Panel Discussion
What to expect this STD Expert Hour:
Dr. Derek Blechinger will introduce us to HIV-PrEP and will facilitate an audience-led panel discussion with PrEP Experts Jen Brodsky, MS, FNP, MPH, Kerry Kay, MD, MPH and John Po, MD, PhD!
We’ll cover the below learning objectives:
1. Summarize current recommendations for screening and diagnosis of HIV, and discuss the importance of initiating HIV treatment
2. Discuss current data on PrEP effectiveness, and monitoring for HIV infection, STIs, and renal function
Understand current range of PrEP/PEP delivery models
3. Name at least 1 resource for providers seeking consultation about PrEP
Meet Our Experts
|Derek Blechinger, MD, MPH||Jen Brodsky, MS, FNP, MPH||Kerry Kay, MD, MPH||John Po, MD, PhD|
Free Office of AIDS Webinar
In collaboration with the CA Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS Care Branch
Enhancing STI Screening in HIV Care
with Julie Stoltey, MD, MPH
Dr. Julie Stoltey discusses current best practices for enhancing STD screening in HIV care settings and covers the following learning objectives:
Review epidemiologic trends in STDs among men who have sex with men
Identify methods/best practices for routinely conducting a sexual history
Discuss the importance of screening for rectal and pharyngeal STDs
Our Congenital Syphilis webinar is now archived and available for registration and viewing!
Congenital Syphilis and Syphilis during Pregnancy
with Pablo Sanchez, MD, and Jeanne Sheffield, MD
We’re thrilled to bring you the first installment of our 2017 STD Expert Hour Webinar Series! Our STD Expert Hour is a recurring webinar series that highlights current topics in the prevention and management of STD to further advance your practice. We’re excited to offer access to our network of STD Experts and hope you join us for valuable insights into delivering excellent sexual health care for your patients.