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.
Dear Colleagues, Last week, the National Network of STD Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) and the National Coalition of STD Directors held their annual meetings back-to-back in Savannah, GA. Obviously, this was no coincidence. Since the NNPTC started their new funding cycle last fall, there has been a clear expectation from CDC that the prevention training centers work closely together with the state and local STD AAPPS (Assessment, Assurance, Policy Development and Prevention Strategies) grantees and
Two weeks ago, the CDC released the long awaited 2015 edition of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines. Rigorous review of relevant national and international STD research over the past decade and a consensus meeting of more than 100 STD experts in Atlanta 2 years ago have culminated in a 200 page document, not counting 60 pages of references. Many of our colleagues have spent an incredible amount of time in the review process, most
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A belated happy new year to all! Despite the holidays, these have been busy times for ASTDA. In early December 2014, the Executive Committee (EC) had its annual in-person meeting. It was a very productive meeting, effectively mapping the future directions of the association. There was consensus that for ASTDA to be a more visible and effective organization, it needs to accomplish the following: better communication with its members and partners, enhancing support for the
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) publishes the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases owned by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. As the current president of the Association I was invited to the annual LWW Journals Symposium held last month in Philadelphia. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the journal from a publisher’s perspective and also meet with colleagues representing over 100 medical journals that are (a small) part of the LWW portfolio. As
Dear Colleagues, With disbelief and great sadness we are trying to absorb the news of the horrific events 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,
American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association Announces Dr. Brandie Taylor as Winner of the 2014 Developmental Award Research Triangle Park, NC (DATE) – The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) is pleased to announce Dr. Brandie Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the winner of the ASTDA 2014 Developmental Award. ASTDA is the nation’s most prestigious professional association of STD researchers, practitioners, and prevention specialists. Founded in 1948, the organization is dedicated to the control, prevention, and ultimate