On April 26, 2013, NCSD hosted a Congressional Briefing titled “Untreatable Gonorrhea? What Public Health Needs for an Effective Response” and released an Emergency Funding Request for Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea.
Given the current trajectory of this disease, the question is not if gonorrhea will develop resistance to all drugs designed to treat it, but when. The current public health infrastructure has been continually strained and is currently unable to prepare as necessary for the arrival of untreatable gonorrhea; additional funding is desperately needed.
Investments made now can help us better understanding where resistant gonorrhea will likely occur and allow us to respond when it does to minimize its effect. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their Cephalosporin-Resistant Gonorrhea Response Plan, “Preparation and action now, prior to the emergence of resistant strains, will allow for a more effective and less costly response later."
We acknowledge the political and budgetary climate in which Congress finds itself. But the reality is that soon we will have yet another untreatable STD on our hands. Investments made now can help respond to future public health emergencies and delay a costly untreatable gonorrhea epidemic. The CDC estimates that the government will risk adding $780 million to our health care system in seven years after the onset of antimicrobial resistance.
Click here to view this Emergency Funding Request in more detail.
Additionally, this briefing featured speakers who are currently on the front lines of this growing public health emergency. Please see below for materials from this briefing.
Mr. William Smith
National Coalition of STD Directors
Dr. Mark Thrun
Medical Director, Denver Behavioral Prevention Training Center
Director of HIV Prevention and STD Control, Denver Public Health
Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Ms. Michelle Allen
State STD Office Director
Georgia Department of Public Health
For more information about this briefing and NCSD’s Emergency Funding Request for Multi-Drug Resistant Gonorrhea, please contact NCSD’s Manager, Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-842-4660.
NCSD thanks the offices of Senator Blumenthal and Congresswoman Schakowsky, with whose cooperation this briefing was held. NCSD also thanks the organizations that cosponsored this event: Advocates for Youth, AIDS United, AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families, American Sexual Health Association, American STD Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Georgia AIDS Coalition, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).