Stemming the Rising Tide of STIs: What is our role? Event as iCalendar

15 February 2018

5:30 - 6:30pm

Venue: Lecture theatre 505-007, Ground Floor, Building 505, Grafton Campus

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

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Dr Gail Bolan

Please join us for this informative public lecture by Dr Gail Bolan. In her lecture Dr Bolan will discuss the role of communities, clinicians, the health care sector, and policy makers to stem the rising tide of STIs.


Lecture abstract:

Some diseases are not mere medical conditions but indicators of structural deficiencies and societal dysfunction.  Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are glaring examples, driven by poverty, exclusion and other social determinants of health.  In earlier times, tuberculosis and HIV were equally indicative of health disparities and faced similar challenges of poor quality data, low political prioritisation, and inadequate funding.  Why then are STIs still of such low global concern? The answer is not as simple as individual personal behaviour.  In high-income countries, sexual networks, dating apps, inequities in health care access and social media complicate the way forward. 



Dr Gail Bolan is a Professor of STD Prevention and Control.

A graduate of Dartmouth Medical School, she completed her training in internal medicine at the Univeristy of Virginia, Charlottesville.

She received subspeciality training in infectious diseases at the Tufts New England Medical Center and the Stanford Medical Center and in medical epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at CDC in the Respitory and Special Pathogens Branch.

Prior to joining CDC she served as the Chief of the STD Control Branch at the California Department of Public Health from 1997-2011, as the Director of the San Francisco City and County STC Prevention and Control Program, and as Medical Director of San Francisco City Clinic from 1987 to 1997.  Dr Bolan directed the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center for over 20 years.

Dr Bolan is a leader in the field of STD Prevention and is recognised for her contributions in research on the epidemiology and prevention of STDs for implementation of science-based programmes and for effective STD programme policy development.

Dr Bolan has authored or co-authored over 125 scientific publications.

She has served on the CDC HIV/STD Prevention Advisory Commitee, CDC Office of Infectious Diseases Board of Scientific Counselors, and the American STD Association (ASTDA) Executive Committee.

She is past chair of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and past vice chair of the American Social Health Association (ASHA) Board of Directors.


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