STD prevention: We have a “lot of work to do” toward sexual health

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager at the Institute for Public Health The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its annual STD Surveillance Report which shows that across the nation, “STDs increased for the fifth consecutive year, reaching an all-time high…with nearly 2.5 million combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.” Washington University […]

Next steps in sexual health

Sexual health is now a regional priority for St. Louis, as identified by the regional coalition, St. Louis Partnership for a Healthy Community. Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to increase in St. Louis as well as nationally, while public health funding continues to decline. Missouri’s congenital syphilis rates have increased 218 percent (from […]

Patients seeking sexual health care more likely to visit emergency rooms despite clinics being located closer to home, study says

Written by Kim Furlow, communications manager for the Institute for Public Health Gonorrhea and chlamydia infections are prevalent here in St. Louis and across the county, and left untreated can result in serious complications such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. These infections are transmitted through sexual contact, and can be diagnosed at a clinic, […]

Data center presents on collaborations at APHA

Ben Cooper, MPH, manager of the Institute’s Public Health Data and Training Center, recently attended the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and offered two presentations on recent collaborative projects. The first, “Novel approaches to obesity surveillance using population level data,” involved a partnership with the St. Louis City Department of Health […]