STD Awareness Month Congressional Briefing: "An STD Superbug? The Rise of STD Drug Resistance"
“An STD Superbug? The Rise of STD Drug Resistance”
On April 20, 2012, to honor STD Awareness Month 2012, NCSD, in cooperation with Congresswoman Barbara Leeheld a Congressional Briefing entitled "An STD Superbug? The Rise of STD Drug Resistance." This briefing focused on the fact that we are on the verge of a highly untreatable gonorrhea epidemic. Gonorrhea has developed resistance to every class of antibiotics; we are now on our last line of defense to treat this disease that is a major cause of pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility and can facilitate HIV transmission. This briefing to gave additional information about the growing resistance of gonorrhea to antimicrobials and what can be done at the federal level to fight back.
Cosponsoring organizations were: Advocates for Youth; AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families; AIDS United; American Social Health Association; Georgia AIDS Coalition; HealthHIV; Infectious Diseases Society of America; National AIDS Housing Coalition; National Association of County and City Health Officials; National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association; Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and the Southern AIDS Coalition.
Please see below for copies of the presentations given at this event. Additionally, please click here for a copy of NCSD's Fact Sheet on the need for additional resources for the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
NCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV. This resource details the importance of screening during pregnancy, and lays out some current state policy trends regarding third trimester syphilis screening.