December 20, 2012
NACCHO HIV/STI Weekly Update
HIV and STI Prevention Resources for LHDs
In This Issue
Holiday Notice
HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"
New HIV Incidence Numbers in the United States Released by the CDC
CDC's New STD Surveillance Report Released
Condom Access Project in California
ASHA's Condomology Initiative
Save the Date: PACHA Conference Call on January 7
Archived NACCHO Webinar: High-Impact HIV Prevention and LHDs
Stay Connected with News from Washington
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NACCHO's Community Health Webcasts
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Holiday Notice
NACCHO will not be distributing a Weekly Update next week. We hope that you have a safe and healthy holiday. See you in 2013!

NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"  

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This week's featured tool from the HIV/STI Toolkit is Adolescent Peer Pressure Scenarios Exercise, developed by the Palm Beach County Health Department. The tool was created to help staff speak to adolescents about responding to difficult situations. The exercise includes five questions to help guide a discussion with adolescents about peer pressure situations and how they would respond.

New HIV Incidence Numbers in the United States Released by the CDC

On December 19, CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention released an HIV surveillance supplemental report on HIV incidence in the United States from 2007-2010. The report finds that new HIV infections in 2010 remained stable at approximately 50,000. Some key findings from the report include reductions in the number of new HIV infections among women and injection drug users; a 12 percent increase since 2008 for new cases among gay men; and a 22 percent increase among young gay men (ages 13-24), which was mostly driven by the 38 percent increase among young black gay men. Additionally, 56 percent of all new infections are occurring in people less than 35 years old, with 26 percent occurring in those ages 13-24. To access the full report, click here.

CDC's New STD Surveillance Report Released

Last week, the CDC's Division of STD Prevention released the latest national data on reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in its 2011 STD Surveillance ReportThe report shows that STDs continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans, particularly gay and bisexual men and young people. Trend data that was available for the first time this year shows that primary and secondary syphilis cases are increasing among gay and other men who have sex with men, who
account for more than 70 percent of all infections. Data from the report also show that numbers and rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea infection are highest in Americans between the ages of 15 and 24. To access the report, click here.

Condom Access Project in California

In February 2012, the Condom Access Project (CAP) was launched as a joint project between the California Family Health Council (CFHC) and the CA Department of Public Health's STD Control Branch. The project is modeled after a similar program in Philadelphia titled "Take Control Philly." CAP is designed to reduce the rate of STD transmission among youth by ensuring access to free condoms, promoting a message of positive sexual health, and acknowledging teens' ability to make good decisions about their health. The project has a new logo and revamped copy, which is available on the CAP website. CFHC has also added an "About CAP" page to its website to provide more detail about why a project like CAP is needed and to link adults to CFHCs parent-targeted website.

ASHA's Condomology Initiative

Condomology is an initiative by the American Social Health Association (ASHA) to ensure that the facts about condoms are available and understood by all, so that consumers can make informed choices about their sexual health and influencers have credible, evidence-based condom communications at their disposal in simple, plain language. The initiative is funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Church & Dwight, the makers of TROJANŽ brand condoms. Click here to learn more about Condomology and to access the resources and tools made available through the initiaitve.

Save the Date: PACHA Conference Call on January 7

AIDS ribbon, 2 handsThe President's Advisory Council of HIV/AIDs will be holding a conference call on January 7, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. The call-in number is 800-857-1237 and the participant pass code is 7293236. The call is open to the public. For further information, contact Caroline Talev, Public Health Assistant, PACHA, Department of Health and Human Services at 202-205-1178. To learn more about PACHA, click here to access the Council's website.

Archived NACCHO Webinar: High-Impact HIV Prevention and LHDs

NACCHO recently hosted a webinar on high-impact HIV prevention and local health departments (LHDs). The webinar provided an overview of the core components of CDC's High-Impact HIV Prevention approach to reducing HIV infections in the United States and the presenters discussed its implications for LHDs. The presenters were Patricia Coury-Doniger, Director, Center for Health & Behavioral Training, University of Rochester and Gale Burstein, Commissioner, Erie County Department of Health, Buffalo, NY. Following the presentation, there was open discussion of LHD experiences with high-impact HIV prevention, as well as time for questions. This session provided an important opportunity for LHDs to learn from one another. To access the archived webinar, click here.

Stay Connected with News from Washington
News from Washington is a NACCHO e-newsletter that provides up to date information about activities in Congress and the Administration that affect local health departments. The weekly e-newsletter is currently being sent to the primary NACCHO contact for each local health department and members of the Congressional Action Network. Contact Eli Briggs, NACCHO Director of Government Affairs, with any questions. View the latest edition and sign up to receive the newsletter here. 
Have a Resource You'd Like to Share or Looking for Something Specific?
The NACCHO HIV/STI List welcomes all tools, research, and resources that you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a resource, send an e-mail to hivsti@naccho.org with the subject line: "For HIV List." Additionally, if you have a request for a tool or need assistance that you think another LHD could provide, send an e-mail and we'll include your request in a future e-newsletter.
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