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The mission of the Johns Hopkins Center for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Research, Prevention and Training is to help prevent and control STDs and associated diseases by: fostering collaborative interdisciplinary research, educating and training clinicians and scientists, and providing leadership in the implementation of public health initiatives.

The Johns Hopkins Center for STD Research, Prevention and Training builds upon a University-wide tradition of excellence in research, education, and clinical care. The Center includes over 50 faculty researchers and associates involved in research, teaching and providing health care services in Baltimore and around the world. Center affiliates include researchers and clinicians from the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Arts & Sciences, the Baltimore City Health Department, and the University of Maryland.

The goals of the Center reflect an interdisciplinary approach in which STD prevention is a critical piece of overall reproductive and sexual health. Through cutting-edge research and effective training of clinicians and scientists, the Center aims to:

  • Improve adolescent health by developing behavioral interventions to reduce sexual risk taking, promoting associated positive behaviors such as contraception, and increasing access to diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Prevent infertility by conducting research on gonorrhea and Chlamydia, major bacterial causes of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
  •  Prevent cervical cancer by studying the epidemiology and etiology of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
  •  Prevent HIV transmission by developing STD intervention strategies specifically geared towards urban heterosexual populations, where prevalence of both STDs and HIV are high.
  •  Reduce STD-related perinatal and neonatal complications by increasing STD screening and treatment during the prenatal period.

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