Region VIII IPP American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Profile - This profile is intended to address the gap that exists in documenting the epidemiologic and health care delivery profile specific to the Native communities in each of the Region VIII states.
Region VIII IPP Pregnancy-Test-Only (PTO) Profile - The objectives of the Pregnancy Test Only Profile are to explore provider PTO screening practices among family planning sites in Region VIII, and to provide baseline CT screening rates among women presenting for PTO visits for 2010 by age and facility type as reported to the Region VIII IPP database.
In 2004-2005, the Region VIII Infertility Prevention Project Data Workgroup conducted a chlamydia reinfection study to attempt to determine if the regional data supported retesting women who tested positive for chlamydia.
The Region VIII and Region X Infertility Prevention Projects collaborated on a study to assess service utilization patterns across clinics and program areas (FP, STD, IHS); and determine demographic variations in service utilization among and across the Region VIII IPP system of care.
Surveillance Data Resources
The CDC Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Surveillance, and Statistics contains a comprehensive listing of CDC STD Surveillance reports, supplements, statistics and disease trends.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance 2010 and a Trends Summary are available on http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats10/default.htm. Some of the key messages for this report include:
Despite everything we know about how to prevent and treat STDs, they remain one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today.
Chlamydia: Cases have been steadily increasing for 20 yrs- this reflects expanded screening efforts, not an actual increase in the number of people with chlamydia.
Gonorrhea: While at historically low level, cases increased slightly from last year – and rate still unacceptably high.
Syphilis: For the first time in 10 years, overall rate decreased -- too soon to tell if this is the start of a new trend.
STDs primarily affect young people, but the health consequences can last a lifetime.
For the nation’s health, it’s critical that we bring this hidden epidemic into the spotlight —we must work together to increase STD testing and treatment, and confront the harsh realities that place some populations at greater risk for STDs.
Many of the same social and economic factors that place African Americans and Latinos at risk for other diseases (heart disease, diabetes) also fuel the STD epidemicin these communities. This is a stark reminder that while we each have a personal responsibility to protect our own health, we must also tackle the root causes of these disparities if we are to end this epidemic.