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Health Equity? Still Waiting But On the Right Track

As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.

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“Got STD Testing?:” Meeting the STD and HIV Testing Needs of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)

It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.

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Syphilis Screening: Missing the Forest for the Trees

A public relations debacle for a new class of syphilis tests is unwarranted, and really just a case of bad spin.

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Roundup: STIs and HIV Continue to Wreak Havoc While the United States Congress Prepares to Battle…What? Abortion

Despite some progress in reducing the incidence of gonorrhea in the United States, spyhillis and chlamydia continue to rise; women and girls make up an ever-increasing share of all those infected with HIV worldwide, and despite promises re: jobs! jobs! jobs! the Tea Party and conservative Republicans are gearing up to pat down your uterus daily.

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2009 STD Data in the United States: Not a Pretty Picture

New data suggest mixed progress and ongoing challenges in the United States when it comes to the three most commonly reported STDs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis.

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STDs in the U.S.: More Disease, Fewer Resources

We need to educate the American public that this “silent epidemic” – as STDs are frequently called – is real, in our midst, and we need to prioritize them as part of the national focus on prevention.

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Chlamydia is Still the Number 1 STD

Chlamydia is still the number 1 STD in America. What are you going to do about it?

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Congenital Syphilis Taking Toll on Mothers and Babies

On April 16th, the CDC released new data about the rates of congenital syphilis (CS) and the trends are going totally in the wrong direction. Nearly 500 children were born in 2008 with a totally preventable life-threatening illness.

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What I Didn’t Know About Sexual Health: Reflections From a New Perch

We are losing the battle on sexually transmitted infections in the United States, a loss that will have grave implications for public health.  And in the first few months of my new job as executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, I’ve learned some things that will help us be more effective in this battle, if we take heed.

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Lessons From a Failed Syphilis Elimination Strategy

Syphillis is easily diagnosed and treated. Yet efforts to eliminate syphillis in specific geographic areas have failed because they ignored deep economic, social, and racial disparities that perpetuate the risks of infection and disease.

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