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April is STI Awareness Month

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The American Sexual Health Association has declared April to be Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Month. There are an extimated 110 million cases of STIs, also called Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD), in the United States, with an estimated 20 million new cases a year (source:

MedlinePlus has a health topic page on Sexually Transmitted Diseases. On the health topic page, there is information on treatment, diagnosis/screening, specific conditions and prevention.  There is an interactive tutorial and resources in over a dozen languages, as well as information for seniors, parents and teenagers.

MedlinePlus: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Health Topic Page:

Let’s Stop HIV Together

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

CDC: Announces expansion of the HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign, Let’s Stop HIV Together, including the launch of the Spanish-language version of the campaign, Detengamos Juntos el VIH. The campaign now includes new participants, more materials in both Spanish and English, and HIV awareness and testing information in Spanish through a new website.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20th

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities through educational materials and use of marketing strategies.

Goals and Objectives:

* Encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and it’s impact in their community;
* Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counceling in Native communities;
* Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS

For educational materials and more information, visit the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day web site:

Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS Grants

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Abuse Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Women at High Risk for HIV/AIDS grants. The purpose of this program is to expand substance abuse treatment and HIV services for racial/ethnic minority women (ages 18 years and older) and their significant others, who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and are living with, or are at risk for, HIV/AIDS.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2013

Award Amount: $520,000 per year for up to 3 years

More information and the full funding announcement is available here:

Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center announces the Circle of Life multimedia program, a collaboration with Indian Health Services.

The Circle of Life is based on the medicine wheel, a powerful teaching symbol about mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellness. It is a holistic health promotion model to help students learn about making healthy choices to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS.

The curriculum is intended for middle school and junior high grade levels. The program infuses a multimedia rich format with various skill-building games and activities about making positive choices and the consequences of risky behaviors.

Sign up a live interactive webinar on this program on March 20:

Circle of Life: Empowering American Indian/Alaska Native Youth to Lead Healthy Lives

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

March 20, 2013
1pm Eastern

The latest project from the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) marries the rich teaching of  American Indians and Alaska Natives with present-day technology.  Circle of Life uses the medicine wheel and a culturally competent approach to focus on the issues of HIV education and prevention, and promotion of health and wellness among youth.  Officially launching in March 2013, the Circle of Life is a collaboration between OMHRC and Indian Health Services.  Through engaging characters, original artwork, and up-to-date health facts, children ages 10 to 13 are led on a journey to better health through this online resource that’s already getting positive buzz from young users.

Sign up for the March 20th Circle of Life webinar here:

New Resources

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Office of Women’s Health: A new website, microwebsite and resources have been created in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), March 10, 2013


AHRQ: A new toolkit available to support the activities of private and public organizations in advancing Affordable Care Act’s mission. National Quality Strategy Stakeholder Toolkit.

Happy Valentines Day! STI studies and sexual health resources

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The studies reveal new infection data, some of it available for the first time, for the eight most common STIs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, HIV, and trichomoniasis. The studies, which estimate infection rates and medical costs related to STIs, were published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

To read an article about the studies:

The CDC has a website where you can learn more about STIs as well as search by zipcode for a clinic that offers STI testing as well as HIV testing the HPV vaccines.  To search visit here:

The CDC also has an interactive atlas for informaiton on STIs and other diseases.  The NCHHSTP Atlas was created to provide an interactive platform for accessing data collected by CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).

Currently, the Atlas provides interactive maps, graphs, tables, and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and primary and secondary syphilis surveillance data. Available here:

February is National Condom Month!  Learn more about that as well as other sexual health topics from the American Sexual Health Associations website.

Webinar: Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinician’s Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care within Veteran Communities

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Webinar: Cultural Competence: Strengthening the Clinician’s Role in Delivering Quality HIV Care within Veteran Communities, Thursday, January 31, 2013. 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST.

The AIDS Education and Training Center – National Multicultural Center (AETC-NMC) at Howard University, College of Medicine, presents this webinar facilitated by Katherine Holman, MD, Veterans Administration Medical Center Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham. The learning objectives include:
• Describe the demographics of US veterans living with HIV/AIDS
• List risk factors for HIV/AIDS among US veterans
• Describe clinical strategies for providing culturally competent clinical care to veterans living with HIV/AIDS
• Identify culturally appropriate resources available to veterans with HIV/AIDS and their care providers

Register here:

Community Engagement Webinar for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) is hosting a free, interactive webinar entitled Community Engagement for Capacity Building with Clinicians. The purpose of this webinar is to better understand the capacity building needs of clinical providers in delivering HIV prevention and care services. The CDC is inviting clinicians to discuss:

  1. Strategies in implementing HIV prevention and care services for patients and community
  2. Areas of need and preference for building capacity in clinical settings
  3. How CDC’s Capacity Building Branch can best support your practice

Register here: