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The National Network of Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinical Prevention Training Centers Turns 40—A Look Back, a Look Ahead

Stoner, Bradley P. MD, PhD*; Fraze, Jami PhD; Rietmeijer, Cornelis A. MD, PhD; Dyer, Janine MPH§; Gandelman, Alice MPH; Hook, Edward W. III MD; Johnston, Christine MD, MPH**; Neu, Natalie M. MD, MPH††; Rompalo, Anne M. MD, ScM‡‡; Bolan, Gail MD on behalf of the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001018
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Since 1979, the National Network of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) has provided state-of-the-art clinical and laboratory training for STD prevention across the United States. This article provides an overview of the history and activities of the NNPTC from its inception to present day, and emphasizes the important role the network continues to play in maintaining a high-quality STD clinical workforce. Over time, the NNPTC has responded to changing STD epidemiological patterns, technological advances, and increasing private-sector care-seeking for STDs. Its current structure of integrated regional and national training centers allows NNPTC members to provide dynamic, tailored responses to STD training needs across the country.

From the *St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, St. Louis, MO;

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA;

Denver Prevention Training Center, Denver, CO;

§Sylvie Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Boston, MA;

California Prevention Training Center, Oakland, CA;

Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Birmingham, AL;

**University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center, Seattle, WA;

††New York City STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, New York, NY; and

‡‡STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Correspondence: Bradley P. Stoner, MD, PhD, St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Washington University in St. Louis 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1114 St. Louis, MO 63130. E-mail: bstoner@wustl.edu.

Received for publication March 3, 2019, and accepted May 22, 2019.

Online date: March 30, 2019

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