NCSD talks STD prevention on the global stage at the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) Conference in Dublin, Ireland
Michelle Allen, Georgia Department of Public Health and NCSD’s board chair, and David C. Harvey, NCSD’s executive director, attended the International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) Conference in Dublin, Ireland. There were fascinating presentations from leaders in our field from around the globe. Check out some of the highlights below:
Author(s): Jessica Frasure-Williams, Stephanie Arnold Pang, David Harvey, NCSD.
Takeaways: In this NCSD study, the authors found for every $1 of federal STD funding, states invested $0.43. With reduced ferderal funding, states would be required to cut DIS and innovative projects. 20-40% of DIS are funded with STD dollars and 64% of states/cities have state-funded STD clinics, with 539 such clinics identified.
Author(s): Michalina A. Montano, University of Washington
Takeways: This presentation relayed some evidence of increased STIs among PrEP patients and suggested there may be an opportunity to engage MSM in better STI prevention efforts.
Author(s): Melanie Taylor, WHO
Takeaways: in 2014 WHO established guidance and criteria for validating country elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of both syphilis and HIV using dual rapid HIV/syphilis screening. In 2017 WHO committed to “EMTCT Plus,” leveraging a Maternal and Child Health platform to eliminate MTCT of HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and Chagas. A number of countries have successfully eliminated MTCT with more on verge of elimination.
Author(s): Ian H. Spicknall, PhD, MPH, Laura T. Haderxhanaj, PhD, Patricia J. Dittus, PhD, Sevgi O. Aral, PhD, MS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NCHHSTP
Takeways: This presentation describes the sexual positioning categories and how sexual positioning, risk behavior, and STDs bridge communities.