February 7, 2013
NACCHO HIV/STI Weekly Update
HIV and STI Prevention Resources for LHDs
In This Issue
HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"
Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
NPIN Webinars on Social Media in Public Health
Updated Data Avaiable through NCHHSTP Atlas Tool
Many Patients with Chlamydia Fail to Receive Recommended Retest
Stay Connected with News from Washington
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NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention "Tool or Model Practice of the Week"  

This week's featured tool from the HIV/STI Toolkit is How to Use a Female Condom. This fact sheet was developed by the City of Milwaukee Health Department. It is written at an 8th grade reading level and targets middle and high school aged individuals.
Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
hiv red ribbonFebruary 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)-an HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at African-American communities. This year marks the 13th annual commemoration of this observance day, which is presented by the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Council. NBHAAD focuses on four critical areas: 1) getting educated about HIV in order to empower people to take action against HIV, 2) getting tested for HIV to promote knowledge of ones' HIV status, 3) getting treatment if positive, and 4) getting involved in the fight against HIV through awareness events and activities across the country. To learn more, visit the NBHAAD website by clicking here.
March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. As part of a multiagency, national platform in concert with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, NWGHAAD seeks to galvanize the full weight of community, national, public and private-sector resources to offer support and hope, reduce the stigma of HIV, and empower women and girls to take positive actions like getting tested, seeking treatment, educating their peers and preventing new infections. For the 8th year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'  Office on Women's Health (OWH) will be leading NWGHAAD on March 10, 2013, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March.  For resources and more information in support of NWGHAAD, click here.
NPIN Webinars on Social Media for Public Health
The National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) is hosting six webinars on social media for public health. "In the Know: Social Media for Public Health" is a series of six webcasts, each focusing on a different social media channel and providing basic information, tips, and hints for how to use them to meet your needs. The webcasts are live events and will include presentations and an interactive section so you can ask questions and share information. For a complete list of webcast topics, dates, and times, click here.
Updated Data Available through NCHHSTP Atlas Tool
The Atlas is an online mapping tool that was launched at the beginning of 2012. You can use the Atlas to develop maps, tables, and charts to see data trends over time for HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB. The current update includes 2010 surveillance data for acute viral hepatitis A, B, and C, as well as 2011 surveillance data for TB and STDs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary & secondary syphilis). 2011 HIV infection surveillance data will be added next spring in conjunction with the 2011 HIV surveillance report. Click here to view the Atlas.
Many Patients with Chlamydia Fail to Receive Recommended Retest
diverse peopleKaren Hoover, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist in CDC's Division of STD Prevention, and colleagues analyzed data from a US laboratory to determine whether patients who had been diagnosed with chlamydia were retested after treatment, as recommended by CDC. Analyses of the laboratory testing data provided important insights into chlamydia testing, retesting, and positivity among a diverse US population of men and women. The study concludes that too few persons were retested as recommended, and interventions are needed to increase both healthcare provider and patient adherence to recommendations for retesting men and women with positive tests. The study, "Suboptimal Adherence to Repeat Testing Recommendations for Men and Women with Positive Chlamydia Tests in the United States, 2008-2010," was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (2013; 56 (1): 51-57).
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.
The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local public health departments. For additional information about NACCHO, visit www.naccho.org.