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The Growing Threat of Multidrug-Resistant Gonorrhea

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This session of Grand Rounds explored the development of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhea as a growing public health concern because the United States gonorrhea control relies on effective antibiotic therapy. Topics discussed include Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Infections and antimicrobial treatment: Public health context and challenges; Molecular basis of resistance and importance of the laboratory in detection of resistance; Tools to combat multidrug resistance; and What public health can do now and in the future.

HPV Cancer Prevention Infographic

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This poster is an infographic that describes the importance of HPV cancer prevention. It states that parents and healthcare professionals are the key to protecting adolescents from HPV cancers and recommends vaccinating 11-12 year olds.

HPV Also Known as Human Papillomavirus

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This information sheet for parents discusses the need for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect their children from HPV infection. It explains that the virus causes HPV-related cancers in about 17,500 women and 9,300 men annually in the U.S. The information sheet notes that the virus is transmitted during sexual contact and reminds parents that the vaccine is recommended for preteen girls and boys ages 11 or 12 and can be given to older youth who have not been vaccinated.

VPH Tambien Conocido Como Virus del Papiloma Humano

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This information sheet for parents discusses the need for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect their children from HPV infection. It explains that HPV can cause anal and oropharyngeal cancers in both women and men; cancers of the cervix, vulva, and vagina in women; and cancer of the penis in men. The information sheet notes that the virus is transmitted during sexual contact and reminds parents that the vaccine is recommended for preteen girls and boys ages 11 or 12 and can be given to older youth who have not been vaccinated.

Not Right Now

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The NOT RIGHT NOW campaign urges teens to think about the consequences BEFORE they have sex, make a plan for sexual health, and speak up for themselves. It aims to empower teens to take control of their sexual health today, so that they can have brighter, better future tomorrow. The campaign's resources include information on STIs, tips on how teens can talk to their partner about sex, and a health center locator. The project began as a county-wide outreach program in Horry and Spartanburg counties, then expanded into a statewide campaign.

It Could Be Hiding In You

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With chlamydia the most commonly reported communicable disease in the city, the Boston Public Health Commission created a new awareness campaign “It Could Be Hiding In You” to underscore the ease of preventing, testing for, and treating chlamydia. The goal of the campaign is for all Boston youth and young adults who are sexually active to use protection and get tested. The campaign includes posters in schools and the public transit system, a website that provides information on chlamydia and a listing of free and confidential testing sites, and a social media presence.

KnoWyo

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Inspired by the statistic that one in 17 Wyoming youth between 15 and 25 years old has an STD, the Wyoming Department of Health is reorganizing its KnoWyo program to target a younger audience between the ages of 13 and 25. The federally funded program allows individuals to print a voucher for free STD and HIV tests at local clinics. The campaign emphasizes using the hashtag #make1countare on its Facebook and Twitter pages. The hashtag slogan is meant to encourage youth to collect a urine sample for testing from one of the estimated 2,500 times in a year that they will go to the bathroom.

The Sex Pact

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The Sex Pact Designed to increase and normalize condom use among young black men in Washington, DC. It includes a moderated discussion board for youth on sexual health topics, a sign-up form and delivery management system for campaign kits, and a page for youth to submit and vote on student-created sexual health education videos.

Know Now. Get Tested. Get Treated for HIV and STDs.

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The "Know Now. Get Tested. Get Treated for HIV and STDs" campaign from the Arkansas Department of Health HIV/STD Section engages at-risk communities via print, radio, and a significant amount of grassroots work, including rallies, testing events, poster and brochure distribution, and working with partners and grantees to touch those most at-risk of contracting HIV or other STDs.

Take Control!

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The New York State Department of Health's Take Control! public health campaign is designed to provide New York State teens and young adults with information and local resources to promote positive sexual health. The campaign supports and encourages responsible sexual health choices including delaying sexual intercourse. For those who are sexually active and/or wish to learn how to make informed sexual health choices, messages focus on safer sex, condom use, birth control methods, and STD/HIV information and testing.

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