Apply to the Principles of STD/HIV Research Course

The University of Washington Department of Global Health and Center for AIDS and STD are accepting applications for the 26th Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course.  The course will be held July 23-August 2, 2018, at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Please join us for two weeks of intensive cross-disciplinary training in STD and HIV research fundamentals.  In this course, you will gain a practically-oriented overview of the latest in behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic, statistical, operational, and pathogenesis research in STD and HIV.  This is a unique opportunity for graduate students, trainees, and early career STD/HIV researchers to learn from and network with expert faculty and colleagues from around the world through lectures, interactive learning sessions, social events, and field trips.

For detailed course information, online application and payment information, please visit the Principles of STD/HIV Research Course website.

Self-Swabbing Increases STD Screens


The number of cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea increased from 2014 to 2015 in North Carolina. This prompted a multidisciplinary group in the UNC Infectious Diseases Clinic to introduce several interventions, including self-swabbing, to screen more patients for sexually transmitted diseases.

The ID Clinic inside the NC Memorial Hospital on Carolina’s campus is one of a few clinics in the state giving patients the option to screen themselves for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Self-swabbing is one of a handful of interventions created by a multidisciplinary quality improvement group including the clinic’s nurses, social workers, a certified medical assistant and a provider.

“Sex is normal and healthy,” says Ellen McAngus, LCSWA, a social work practitioner in the ID Clinic. “But we need to give our patients the right tools to protect themselves and their partners.”

UNC ID Clinic providers manage the care for 1,800 people living with HIV. In 2015, clinic nurse Anita Holt, RN, and Associate Clinic Director Amy Heine, FNP, noticed screening rates for syphilis in patients living with HIV were down, despite there being an increase in syphilis cases in North Carolina. In fact, the number of syphilis cases in the state increased by 64 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Through photos, an infographic and a video, learn more about the team’s progress in educating their patients about sexual health.

Friday Morning ID/CFAR Conference: HIV and STD Epidemiology in North Carolina

October 7, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
1131 Bioinformatics
UNC Campus (directions)

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
UNC School of Medicine

Please click here to fill out a quick registration form.

Heidi Swygard, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC’s School of Medicine. She specializes in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) care and prevention; HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and linkage to and retention in care. She sees people living with HIV and people at high risk for becoming infected, including the transgender population, two days a week off campus.

Dr. Swygard is a medical epidemiologist and consultant for special projects with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services HIV/STD care branch. She is medical director of UNC’s annual HIV conference, which draws 400 providers from across the state. Dr. Swygard recently served as the medical director for the inaugural Injecting Drug User Health summit, which was hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Asheville.

Hepatitis C Basic Educator Training

The UNC Liver Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is organizing a Hepatitis C Training Workshop with The Hepatitis C Support Project. Participants who attend the training will obtain certification as “HCV Basic Educators.” Registrants must stay for the entire workshop, complete quizzes, and help to develop a ‘Plan of Action’ in order to receive a certificate.

Tuesday October 14, 2014
8:30am – 5:00pm
Holiday Inn at the RDU Airport

These categories of clinicians and health care workers can benefit from attendance: nurses and mid-level providers who screen, test and refer for Hep C; HIV/STD counselors and testers; substance abuse counselors; methadone maintenance counselors; case managers; mental health professionals; support group leaders; people living with HCV; and other interested healthcare or public health professionals.

The training is being offered at no cost to participants. Coffee, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Confirm your attendance by completing and returning the attached Registration Form to Teodora Stoica or Rachel Jones or fax to their attention at 919-966-1700.

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 3rd.