From The Johns Hopkins News-Letter
Hopkins pushes for responsible sex
By Andrea Michalowsky - November 15, 2012
"...Taking note of these steep prices and the lack of relevant resources available to Baltimore’s youth, Dr. Charlotte Gaydos, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine, launched IWantTheKit.org, a web-based free testing service that came online in 2004. Via the website, people in Maryland can request a home STI testing kit. These kits allow the recipient to take a sample and mail it free of charge to a testing site. They are then informed of the results via phone, email or text message.
Started as a research project at Hopkins, IWantTheKit is the only service of its kind. Gaydos emphasizes the importance of encouraging people to take responsibility for their sexual health..."
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From the National Chlamydia Coalition's Research Translation Committee
Expert Commentary, September 2012
Comparative Effectiveness of POC Tests for Chlamydia in a Clinic Setting
Commentary by Charlotte Gaydos, MS, MPH, DrPH who describes how any promising new chlamydia point-of-care (POC) test is likely to be cost-effective compared with traditional nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) in a clinic when specified characteristics are met.
View PDF of commentary here.
From CHIPTS (Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services)
California: Trying Out Free, and Anonymous, Tests for STDs
Blog - May 4, 2012
... A few days after sending the sample to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) for analysis, the women will receive a text or e-mail notice saying their results are available online.
Read pdf version here.
From San Francisco Chronicle
STD Home Tests Avoid Embarrassment
By Erin Allday - April 28, 2012
Young women in four Bay Area counties can now test themselves at home for sexually transmitted infections, and then get the results and any needed prescriptions without ever visiting a doctor's office or clinic. The home tests are part of a pilot project designed to give women who have had unprotected sex, or are just curious about their health status, a convenient, cost-effective and potentially less embarrassing way to get screened for STDs, public health officials said.
... Women send the sample to a lab at Johns Hopkins University that specializes in processing home tests, and a few days later they get a text or e-mail message telling them their results are available online.
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With 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) each year in the U.S., notifying partners is a crucial public health responsibility. But financially strapped local health departments often lack the resources to personally notify partners of an infected person.
Can tech pick up the slack?
Charlotte Gaydos, DrPH '93, MPH, MS, and Jessica Ladd, MPH '11, decided to find out. They developed a survey, targeted at teens and young adults, to learn whether anonymous emails, e-cards, text messages or letters would be an acceptable tool for sending and receiving partner notifications regarding a possible STI.
The survey was posted as a Facebook Event for two weeks in early September, successfully recruiting more than 500 individuals. Of these, 343 met the criteria for the study.
Read pdf version here.
"I shot this video knowing it would be an educational tool for professionals involved in development of point-of-care technologies for sexually transmitted diseases; so in other words, it was never intended for general public audiences, although the public could learn a lot from the information presented here. Ideas for basic content of this video were developed by me (Jude Gustafson) and Dr. Brenda Korte of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Gaydos, an internationally recognized expert in her field, was videotaped at her office at the Johns Hopkins Center for Point-of-Care Tests for STDs in August of 2011."
Watch video here.
From Kids These Days!
Mail-order STD Testing & POWER Teen Clinic
Submitted by KTD, Producer Sarah Gonzales, on October 5, 2011
Whether or not teens make the choice to engage in safe sexual relationships, there is always the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease after intercourse. Getting tested and treated for a STD can be as easy as visiting a local public health clinic, but what if you're too shy to be seen in person, live in an area not served by a local clinic or simply can't get a ride?
Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a mail-order STD test kit in 2004 on the east coast to much success among teens and young people. Now this same program has come to Alaska. You can order a kit at IWantTheKit.org, and visit IKnowMine.org to learn more about sexual health, testing and resources in Alaska.
Listen as KTD Producer Sarah Gonzales interviews Dr. Charlotte Gaydos. The story is now posted on their website and the audio can be accessed directly from a link on the page.
From KTVA CBS 11 News
STD Testing Now Can Be Done at Home
By Bill McAllister - August 2, 2011
Health officials say part of the reason for Alaska's extremely high rates of sexually transmitted diseases might be that not enough people get tested for them.
Now there's a way Alaskans can get tested for STDs in the privacy of their homes....
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore started the 'I Want the Kit' program in 2004.
It's now being offerered in Alaska through a federal grant from the Indian Health Service.
From Alaska Business Monthly
Free at-Home STD Testing Kits Now Available to Alaskans
Alaska had the highest chlamydia rate in the country in 2010, and the second highest rate of gonorrhea. Alaska has consistently had the first or second highest rates of chlamydia since 2000. The "I Want the Kit" at-home testing (IWTK) service is arriving to help reduce those numbers.
Each home test kit comes in an anonymous envelope with instructions, a unique identification number, and a prepaid return envelope to return self-collected vaginal, penile or rectal swabs in specially sealed test tubes to the IWTK lab at Johns Hopkins University. The lab tests the swabs for chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomonas. The kits are provided through a partnership between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and Johns Hopkins University. They are available for anyone residing in Alaska.
Take-home chlamydia tests tied to more screening
By Genevra Pittman - July 22, 2011
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women at risk for chlamydia infections are more likely to get tested if they can do it at home instead of going to a clinic, suggests new research.
The study participants had all previously tested positive for chlamydia and were treated for the sexually-transmitted disease. But guidelines recommend women get tested again, three months after treatment, because it's easy to re-catch the infection from a partner who hasn't been treated.
"Once you've had an infection, that puts you at increased risk for having another infection," said Charlotte Gaydos, who studies STDs and testing at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
But, she told Reuters Health, "It's a very hard thing for clinicians, once they've treated women for an infection, to get them to come back in" for retesting.
STD Trichomonas May Be More Common Than Thought
By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News
July 12, 2011 -- A sexually transmitted infection known as Trichomonas vaginalis is more common than experts believe, especially in older women, according to a new study.
Most likely to be infected were women 45 and older. "Women, when they go for their yearly checkups, should ask their doctors to screen for this organism," says researcher Charlotte Gaydos, DrPH, professor of medicine and an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
She says screening should be routine for all sexually active women, whatever their age. She says cases of the disease should also be reportable to public health authorities, just like other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Gaydos presented the study at the International Society of STD Research meeting in Quebec City, Canada.
Sex Parasite is Most Common in Women Older Than 40, Study Finds
By Elizabeth Lopatto - July 12, 2011
A sex disease that's more prevalent than gonorrhea and chlamydia, and less well-known, is suffered by 13 percent of women aged 50 and older, a study found.
The sexually transmitted parasite Trichomonas vaginalis causes urogenital infection, and can raise susceptibility to HIV. A study, reported at the International Society for STD Research in Quebec City, found the infection is twice as prevalent in those over 40 than in younger women because it isn't adequately screened for. Women in their 40s had an 11 percent infection rate, according to the data.
Most STDs are more common in young people, said the study's senior author, Charlotte Gaydos, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
From Picture of Health, The Baltimore Sun
STD trich twice as common in older women
Posted by Andrea Walker - July 12, 2011
Johns Hopkins researchers are finding an unusually high case of the sexually transmitted parasite Trichomonas vaginalis in older women.
The findings are so large that one of the researchers is calling for all sexually active women older than age 40 to get tested for the parasite. The research found that the STD is more than twice as common in this age group than previously thought.
Screening is especially important because in many cases there are no symptoms.
"We usually think of STDs as more prevalent in young people, but our study results clearly show that with trichomonas, while too many young people have it, even more older women are infected," senior study investigator Charlotte Gaydos, said in a statement.
The International Union against Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IUSTI)
The International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) was founded in 1923 and it is organized on both a global and regional basis. It is the oldest international organization with the objective of fostering international cooperation in the control of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. IUSTI is concerned with the medical, scientific, social and epidemiological aspects of sexually transmitted infections and their control. IUSTI is on the Roster of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It is an Official Non-Government Organization in Consultative Status with the World Health Organization. IUSTI organizes frequent international and regional conferences on sexually transmitted infections and, in collaboration with the International Journal for STD and AIDS, publishes expert clinical guidelines for their management.
Dr. Charlotte Gaydos is Regional Director for IUSTI-North America.
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Rate of sexually transmitted diseases high in region
By Peggy O'Farrell - June 20, 2011
At Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, doctors and nurses are using text messages to notify teens who test positive for STDs to get treatment and bring their partners in, said Jill Huppert, a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist.
From b free daily, The Baltimore Sun
Up to half of sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease by age 25, yet many don't seek testing because it may be hard, costly or embarrassing.
Public health officials nationally and in particularly affected cities such as Baltimore, however, say they've found a method that seems to address the major hurdles - a website that supplies free in-home testing kits for three of the most commonly reported STDs: gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis.
"The highest prevalence is in young adults, and we knew we had to reach these kids," said Charlotte A. Gaydos, a professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.
From The Baltimore Sun
Free in-home kits help encourage STD testing in young people
By Meredith Cohn - February 21, 2011
Up to half of sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted disease by the time they are 25, yet many don't seek testing because it may be difficult, costly or embarrassing.
Public health officials nathionally and in particularly affected cities like Baltimore, however, say they've found a method that seems to address the major hurdles - a website that supplies free in-home testing kits for three of the most commonly reported STDs.
"The highest prevalence is in young adults, and we knew we had to reach these kids," said Charlotte A. Gaydos, a professor of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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