The North Carolina Annual STI Update was held on March 22, 2023, as fully remote for presenters and attendees for the third year in a row. Hosting it virtually allowed Northwest AHEC and partners to offer the longstanding and reputable continuing professional development activity to a larger audience.
Northwest AHEC collaborates with the following organizations to plan and provide the activity: NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Epidemiology Section and Communicable Disease Branch; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Infectious Diseases; Southeast STD/HIV Prevention Training Center; NC HIV Training and Education Center; and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Section on Infectious Diseases.
The 2023 North Carolina Annual STI Update was the largest in terms of registrants and attendees that the activity has had since Northwest AHEC started managing the activity in 2013. This year there were 972 participants across several disciplines – Allied Health, Behavioral Health, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. The activity expanded its reach to seven other states outside of North Carolina – Alabama, California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and Virginia. Within North Carolina, 98 out of 100 counties were represented.
Enduring Material Now Available as Online Learning: Recorded sessions from the March 22, 2023 Annual STI Update are now available online! Stay up-to-date on information on prevention, management and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). View more info on our website.
Topics covered this year included:
- Cultural humility with health care
- NC maternal STI update and the intersection of maternal Substance Use Disorders
- Congenital syphilis and pediatric HIV
- Updates on Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium
- Anal cancer screening recommendations and findings of the ANCHOR study
- DoxyPEP implementation considerations
- Sexually transmissible enteric pathogens
- Other general updates on STI diagnosis and management relevant to sexual health providers in NC