To foster scientific knowledge, develop leadership, and champion practice in the field of sexually transmitted infections.
- To control, prevent, and ultimately eradicate sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- To support research in all aspects of STI including medical, epidemiologic, laboratory, social and behavioral studies
- To recognize outstanding contributions in STI control and prevention
- To disseminate authoritative information concerning STI
- To develop the current and future generations of STI professionals
- To promote social justice as an antidote to the structural determinants of STI risk
- We demand rigorous science adhering to the highest ethical standards.
- We promote a sex-positive sexual health framework.
- We are committed to an STI workforce and ASTDA membership comprised of professionals with a wide range of roles and experiences.
- We value a culture of inclusion, equity, safety, professionalism, and respect.
- We recognize social justice as a core value for addressing STI.
ASTDA is committed to rejuvenating the STD workforce and providing career development opportunities for young investigators and fostering the academic careers of young investigators and encouraging their enthusiasm for our field. As part of this commitment, ASTDA and Sexually Transmitted Diseases created an award to recognize excellence in STD-related research by a young investigator. This award is the Best STD Paper by a Young Investigator, presented annually at the ASTDA awards ceremonies.
ASTDA has strong collaborative relationships with other organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the American Sexual Health Association, and the National Prevention & Training Centers, among others.