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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

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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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ASTDA Spring 2016 Update

May 9, 2016 Dear Colleagues, With spring slowly changing to summer, I wanted to give you an update on what’s happening in the Association. First, it gives me great pleasure to announce and congratulate the richly deserving recipients of the 2016 ASTDA Recognition Awards: Dr. Anne Rompalo (Distinguished Career Award), Dr. Joan Chow (Achievement Award), and Dr. Lindley Barbee (Young Investigator Award).  Thanks very much to the members of this year’s awards committee that yielded such excellent results: Dennis Fortenberry, Anna Wald,  Marc Steben, Ina Park, Bobbie van der Pol, and Kim Workowski. The awards will be
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ZIKA - Dear Colleague Letter from Dr. Gail Bolan

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

NCSD Weekly Update - June 17, 2016

    Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: Reminder: Updates Regarding Bicillin-LA Shortage & Syphilis Treatment NCSD's Executive Director, Bill Smith, Honored with "On The Front
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Table of Contents July 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 - June 10, 2016

       Dear NCSD Members -   With this weekly communication, please find the following: Reminder: Updates Regarding Bicillin-LA Shortage & Syphilis Treatment NCSD Federal Policy Update: June 10th, 2016 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance
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NCSD Weekly Update - June 3, 2016

       Dear NCSD Members - We hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.   With this weekly communication, please find the following: CDC's Interim Guidance for Zika Virus Urine Testing NCSD
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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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