STD and HIV prevention program managers, researchers, clinicians, public health employees, and advocates from across the country and around the globe are converging on Atlanta this week for the 2014 STD Prevention Conference. The goal of this year’s conference is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue on the best ways to improve the quality of STD/HIV prevention and care. Among the collaborators for this year’s conference are the International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Latin America/Caribbean Association for Control of Sexually Transmitted Disease.
This year’s theme is “More STD Prevention for the Money: Maximizing Impact, Efficiency and Return on Program Investments.” Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., will welcome the more than1,500 conference attendees at the opening plenary session.
“The ever-increasing number of STDs represents a serious threat to public health,” said Fitzgerald. “We have to fix this. It is not only the core of our mission at DPH - preventing disease and promoting health – it’s our future, the future of our children and the future of our grandchildren – around the world.”
DPH’s Jennifer Creighton is the program manager in the HIV Primary Care Clinic (Ryan White Program) at Fulton County Health & Wellness. Creighton’s abstract “Offering Comprehensive Risk Assessment and STI Screening to HIV-Infected Persons: Assuring the Standard of Care has been accepted as a poster presentation at the STD prevention conference.
Staff from DPH and district STD programs will also attend the conference. State STD Director Michelle Allen, sees it as a tremendous learning opportunity in our own backyard.
“It is important for the STD program and staff to stay current on strategies that will best promote the importance of sexual health in Georgia,” said Allen. “Georgia is ranked number one for infectious syphilis. With the changing landscape of health care, we are fully committed to implement lessons learned to move the STD program from good to great to reduce the number of STDs.”
For more information about the STD Prevention Conference and partners, visit http://www.cdc.gov/stdconference/