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The National Chlamydia Coalition Newsletter

Issue 44: March 25, 2013 
In This Issue
Get Ready for National STD Awareness Month!
RTC Expert Commentary: Health & Economic Burden of STIs
Webinar: Treatment of STDs in Military Populations
NYC Taxis May Soon Dispense Condoms


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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to NCC News. This online newsletter was created to keep you up-to-date on all things chlamydia and related areas of interest. We hope you will find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues who also may find it of use.  

Get Ready for National STD Awareness Month!   

April is National STD Awareness Month! Have you developed any creative new materials to celebrate and promote STD Awareness Month? If so, share them with your colleagues by uploading them to the Sexual Heath Resource Exchange (SHRE), formerly the Chlamydia Resource Exchange. Or, search for customizable materials that your organization can use to increase awareness during the month of April and in the future! The NCC's SHRE site is a web-based resource library providing access to high quality, accurate, multi-media public awareness and education materials on chlamydia and other sexual health issues. 

New Estimates on Health and Economic Burden of STIs 
In this installment of the Research Translation Committee's Expert Commentary series, Catherine Satterwhite, PhD, MSPH, MPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses the  health and economic toll of STIs in the United States. According to a new paper published by authors from the CDC, there were 110 million prevalent sexually transmitted infections in the United States in 2008, with the cost of these infections estimated to be about $16 billion. The high number of infections, and the economic burden associated with them, reveals an urgent need for prevention, especially among young men and women. Click here to read more.  
Webinar: Treatment of STDs in Military Populations

Register today for the "Focus on the Treatment of STDs in Military Populations" Webinar, which will take place on March 27th, from 12-1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will discuss critical diagnostic and management challenges for specific STDs of concern for military populations, as well as programming options for maintaining and improving the sexual health of those serving in the military. A live question and answer session will conclude the session. Presenters include King Holmes, Department of Global Health, University of Washington; Eric Garges, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; and Bob MacDonald, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program (SHARP) Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center.

Study Shows Parental Reluctance to Vaccinate for HPV Increasing          

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics examined the 2008-2010 National Immunization Survey of Teens for reasons parents do not have their teens immunized. Researchers highlighted increasing parental reluctance and concerns around HPV vaccinations for females. The most common reason reported for not vaccinating for HPV was "Not Needed or Not Necessary" at 17.4%. Meanwhile, the response of "Safety concerns/Side effects" increased from 4.5% in 2008 to 16.4% in 2010. The intent to not vaccinate for HPV increased from 39.8% in 2008 to 43.9% in 2010.

Comment Period Still Open for USPSTF Research Plan on Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening       

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted its draft Research Plan on screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The draft Research Plan is available for review and public comment from March 7 through April 3, 2013.

Tackling STDs in NYC: Taxis May Soon Dispense Condoms

New York City (NYC) taxis may soon be dispensing condoms. The taxi cab machine-designed by aerospace engineers to work reliably and safely in taxi cabs-will be called TaxiTreats. Cabs will likely tally the vending machine purchases directly into cab fare, making it easy for passengers to purchase contraceptives, as well as other products such as energy drinks, hand sanitizer, mints and gum, and pain relievers. A recent study revealed soaring rates of STDs in a large part of NYC. Proponents of the taxi cab machines believe ready access to condoms will help address the problem.

Friends Don't Give Friends Chlamydia 

Ontario Public Health, a partnership of 36 public health units in Ontario, Canada has launched a new, provocative chlamydia prevention campaign. "Friends Don't Give Friends Chlamydia" targets young adults in order to raise awareness about prevention and increase testing and treatment across the province. Check it out here.