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STD Trends in the United States

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

A recent fact sheet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, "STD Trends in the United States: 2011 National Data for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis" has found that numbers and rates of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases are highest in Americans between the ages of 15-24. Gonorrhea and chlamydia cases showed increases of four percent and eight percent, respectively, from 2010-2011.

Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

A new fact sheet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, "Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States" estimates that adolescents age 15-24 represent 50% of all new Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States. Fifty-one percent of these new STIs occur among young women. To view the fact sheet, visit http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats/STI-Estimates-Fact-Sheet-Feb-2013.pdf.

HIV Testing Trends in the United States, 2000-2011

Published Date: 
Mon, 2013-03-25

A new report "HIV Testing Trends in the United States, 2000-2011" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, has found that the percentage of pregnant women tested for HIV in the last 12 months did not change significantly from 2000 to 2010. However, the percentage of pregnant women tested for HIV in the last 12 months varied by race, ethnicity, and age group.

Postpartum Depression Affects Women Participating in WIC Program

Published Date: 
Sun, 2013-03-24

A recent study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal has found that women participating in WIC are 65% more likely to experience postpartum depressive symptoms in the months after childbirth compared to higher-income mothers. Postpartum depression is estimated to occur in 10-20% of new mothers and has long been known to differentially affect low-income mothers. To view the study, visit http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10995-013-1224-y.

Toolkit: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep

Published Date: 
Wed, 2013-03-20

The National Center for Cultural Competence is offering a new resource for community health providers to address racial and ethnic disparities in sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS). The "Toolkit for Community Health Providers: Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities about Safe Infant Sleep" provides guidance on engaging the media in ethnic communities. To download the toolkit, visit http://nccc.georgetown.edu/engaging-ethnic-media/Engaging-Ethnic-Media.pdf.

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