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NASTAD News, December 2012
Digest: The Month In Review
Program Updates
Member and Staff Updates
Digest: The Month In Review
Bacterial Meningococcal Disease Outbreak among MSM in New York
City Launches of the National Latino/Hispanic HIV/AIDS Action Agenda
December 4 Webinar on Using Advances in HIV Testing Technologies
November 2012 ADAP Watch
Update: Sequestration and the Fiscal Cliff
Viral Hepatitis TA Update
Action Item: USPSTF Draft Recommendation for Routine HIV Testing
ACA Regulations on Essential Health Benefits and Affordability
Action Item: USPSTF Draft Recommendations on Hepatitis C Testing

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Program Updates

Prevention and Surveillance

New Resources Available to Promote Condom Use
On November 19, NASTAD participated in "Breaking through the Clutter: Launch of a New Resource to Educate Audiences about Condom Facts," a meeting convened by the American Social Health Association (ASHA). The forum previewed a variety of new tools to support educators, health care professionals, and public health professionals who educate and develop messages about condom use and condom effectiveness. ASHA's "Condomology" initiative includes a toolkit with resources on condom effectiveness and making informed decisions about condoms. The initiative utilizes the popular infographic approach to spreading messages via social media. To learn more about the initiative and download resources, click here.

CFAR/APC ECHPP Treatment Cascade Conference
In November, the Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR)/AIDS Prevention Centers (APC) ECHPP Conference brought together academic and public health partners from 10 of the 12 cities funded under CDC's Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP) program, along with other CFAR academics, NASTAD, UCHAPS and federal partners from HHS, CDC, NIH, and NIMH to discuss preliminary research findings and next steps for the CFAR/APC partnerships with health departments. Researchers and health department partners presented preliminary data from cascade-related research projects aimed at better understanding what happens to people living with HIV that cause them to disengage from HIV care.

Participants said that while collaboration and coordination take substantial resources, they are mutually beneficial. They also reported that research into local cascade nuances and interventions rely heavily on existing data sources and qualitative data. While CFAR/APCs expressed in interest in continuing to expand collaborations with health departments, no precise funding streams have been identified. However, federal partners expressed interest in supporting more HIV cascade-related operational research endeavors.

For more information contact Todd Harvey.

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Member and Staff Updates

In other member news, Martin Luta, Chief of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, is now the representative from Delaware and Melanie Mattson, Chief of the STD/HIV Section, is the representative from Colorado. Debi Anderson, HIV Services Manager, is the acting representative from Wyoming while Bronwen Anderson is on indefinite leave. In Idaho, Kathy Cohen has retired and Bebe Thompson, Ryan White Title II Administrator, and Rebecca Schliep, HIV Prevention Director, are acting as co-representatives to NASTAD. In Arkansas, Tina Long has left and Kelly McCartney, Assistant Section Chief for HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Section, will be the interim section chief.

In staff news, Jillian Casey has been promoted to Senior Associate.

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