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ASTDA/IUSTI North America - Newsletter March 2018

ASTDA : on March 12, 2018 at 11:24:46 AM

ASTDA/IUSTI North America – Newsletter, March 2018

Great news from ASTDA/IUSTI North America!  First, we have completed and initiated the harmonization of ASTDA and IUSTI memberships, resulting in over 150 new IUSTI members from our region.  A lot of credit goes to former ASTDA president and current IUSTI Membership Secretary, Bradley Stoner who has made this transition happen – please see his report below. Kudo’s also to Lynn Barclay of the American Sexual Health Association who, on behalf of ASTDA, administers the membership process.  For more information on ASTDA/IUSTI membership, please visit our website at http://www.astda.org.

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Rising to the Occasion

ASTDA : on October 18, 2017 at 07:28:31 PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its 2016 STD Surveillance Report. The news is not good: compared to 2015, chlamydia rates are up 4.5%, gonorrhea rates are up 18.5%, and primary and secondary syphilis 18%. While the current syphilis epidemic in the U.S. has been largely occurring among men having sex with men, early syphilis increased by 36% among women between 2015 and 2016, and congenital syphilis rates are up 28%. What’s worse, while STI rates have been rising for the past 5 years, the Trump administration has proposed to slash CDC’s STD prevention budget by 17%. Par for the course for an administration that promises health care for all by taking away people’s health insurance, aims to reduce the government deficit by giving tax breaks to the rich, and promotes world peace by inviting nuclear war.

What is one to do? In the face of so much adversity, why not hang your head low, knowing that things will get (a lot) worse before they get better?  Thankfully,
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ASTDA at the 2016 STD Prevention Conference

ASTDA : on September 20, 2016 at 10:44:19 AM

September 20, 2016 

Dear Colleagues,

We welcome many of you to the 2016 National STD Conference kicking off tonight at 6:00 PM at the Atlanta Hilton with an opening plenary featuring Professor Sheena McCormack from the University College London who will talk about STD clinical innovations in the context of rolling out HIV PrEP in London. Her lecture is entitled: “PrEPortunity for STD Control.”

ASTDA is sponsoring a number of events at the conference:


Wednesday 12:00–1:30 PM: Conference Partners Luncheon - Open to All.

Join us for lunch and presentations by the leadership of ASTDA, ASHA, CDC, NCSD, and PHAC. Find out what projects they are working on today
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From the ASTDA: Collaboration, Communication, Translation, Rejuvenation, and Membership Engagement

ASTDA : on February 07, 2016 at 02:52:28 PM

The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) represents a very diverse membership, including basic scientists, researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, public health officials, and disease intervention specialists. ASTDA lacks the staff and resources to serve the specific needs of its individual constituents, however, it should be well poised to identify and serve common goals.  In the following, I’d like to discuss our progress and plans in 5 strategic areas: collaboration, communication and translation, rejuvenation, and member engagement.

Given our resource limitations, we should actively seek collaborations with organizations that share our mission to “control, prevent and ultimately eradicate sexually transmitted infections.” This past year, we formalized collaboration with the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD).  Our membership recently approved changes to the ASTDA bylaws that created ex-officio seats on our Executive Committee for the President of ASHA and the Executive Director of NCSD. This collaboration has already resulted in a number of co-authored documents, including formal responses to requests from the
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From the President of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association

ASTDA : on July 20, 2014 at 06:49:44 AM

Dear Colleagues,
With disbelief and great sadness we are trying to absorb the news of the horrific events last Thursday that claimed the lives of all 298 passengers on board the Malaysian Airways flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Among them were many of our colleagues who were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, dealing a terrible blow to the international HIV/STI community. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims' family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues. As we grieve their loss, we will honor their legacy in pledging our unflagging commitment to continue their fight against AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
Kees Rietmeijer, MD, PhD

American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association 

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