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
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
Letter from the President—August 2019 Greetings ASTDA Members! It has been a year since I took office as President and there are many important things going on with ASTDA that I want to share with you. As you are no doubt aware, there have been many changes in our working environment over the past year some of which are positive (e.g. additional funding support as a result of the End HIV Initiative) and some of
ASTDA to Host ISSTDR | IUSTI 2023 ASTDA/IUSTI-North America submitted a successful bid to host the 2023 combined ISSTDR/IUSTI World Congress. The Congress will be held in Chicago, July 24-27, 2023. Mark your calendar!
ASTDA Members Update – Summer 2017 ASTDA Awards The 2017 ASTDA Awards were presented at a well-attended luncheon at the IUSTI/ISSTDR World Congress. Recipients were chosen from an outstanding group of nominees by the Awards Committee (Bobbie Van Der Pol, Anne Rompalo, Joan Chow, Lindley Barbee, Laura Bachman). Jo-Anne Dillon, PhD – Distinguished Career Award (Presented by Dr. Marc Steben) Dr. Dillon received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an M.Sc. and Ph.D.