USPSTF Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a final recommendation statement on screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea. USPSTF recommends screening for these infections in sexually active women and pregnant people 24 years and younger, or 25 years and older if at increased risk. There is not enough evidence to recommend for or against screening for these infections in men. As
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Dear ASTDA Members, We hope this message finds you well. These have been challenging times. Despite the broad availability of vaccines in the United States, the uncertainty about the pandemic’s trajectory weighs heavily on all of us. We hope that you’ve been able to find some balance between the demands of work, and your ability to maintain personal wellness. Since the last update one year ago, Khalil Ghanem has taken over for Bobbie Van
New report from NASEM: Sexually Transmitted Infections: Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a committee to examine the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United States and provide recommendations for action. The resulting report, Sexually Transmitted Infections: Advancing a Sexual Health Paradigm, provides advice on future public health programs, policy, and research. The report examines the epidemiological dimensions of sexually transmitted infections
Remembering Julius "Julie" Schachter It is with great sadness that we write to you that one of the greats of Chlamydia research, Dr. Julius (Julie) Schachter, succumbed to COVID in late December. Julie was born in 1936 and raised in the Bronx. His father was a furrier, and his mother was a clerk at the DMV. As the first in his family to attend college, he received his undergraduate degree
Release of First-Ever Sexually Transmitted Infections National Strategic Plan In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first-ever STI National Strategic Plan (STI Plan). The STI Plan was developed through a robust process that included gathering feedback from stakeholders across health care and related fields. Partners throughout the federal government, as well as hundreds of non-federal stakeholders, including state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, researchers, health plans and
The World Health Organization (WHO) Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021 report provides accountability for the three Global Health Sector Strategies (2016-2021) on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STIs. The report assesses the impact, progress and gaps, and identifies actions to improve impact. The report describes WHO’s important contributions at regional and global level and identifies common actions across the three disease areas as well as gaps and priorities
ASTDA Board Member Receives King K. Holmes Endowed Professorship A member of ASTDA's board, Julie Dombrowski, has been named King K. Holmes Endowed Professor in STD and AIDS. Named after Dr. King Holmes, professor of medicine and global health, and founding chair of the Department of Global Health, this three-year rotating award recognizes and supports a faculty member with exceptional commitment to STD/HIV research and training. This year’s recipient, Dr. Julie Dombrowski, is an
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) is offering new educational programs online and as webinar for the benefit of their colleagues working in the fields of sexually transmitted infections and sexual health. The first of these is the HIV Virtual Masterclass Lite. The masterclass is a new additional helping of the very popular HIV Masterclass, and will comprise four weekly webinars with medical updates on topics related to HIV from leading
Dear members of the American STD Association:I hope you are all doing well and have found a new rhythm to your daily lives that keeps you safe, productive and mentally well. I know it has been a struggle to find new processes for working and communicating, but hopefully we are all getting to a better place than we were two months ago! I wanted to share with you some updates on ASTDA activities that might
Call for Applications for the ASTDA Board of Directors The ASTDA Nomination Committee is soliciting applications for several positions on the ASTDA Board of Directors. Based on the latest amendments to the ASTDA Charter and Bylaws approved by the ASTDA membership on January 7, 2020, we are currently looking to fill the following positions for a two-year term: Up to two (2) early career stage members (i.e., a member who is no more than