Setting up a remote testing STI program: a practical toolkit

 Attend the Lunch SymposiumThursday July 27, 11.30am in Sheraton IV/V

This session will explore the power of remote testing to affordably reduce the burden of STIs. Using the world’s largest publicly funded online sexual health service, we will showcase how remote testing has enhanced public health effectiveness and delivery, highlighting its cost-effectiveness and the role of remote testing in improving sexual health outcomes and outreach to underserved populations. 

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the following presenters and panel members: 

Joseph Cherabie

Dr. Joseph Cherabie is the Medical Director/PI of the Washington University St Louis Capacity Building Assistance Program, the Medical Director of the St. Louis STI/HIV prevention Training Center, the Director of the WashU PrEP clinic, and is a Clinical Ambassador for the CDC “Let’s Stop HIV Together Campaign”. Dr. Cherabie specializes in sexual health care with a focus on LGBTQIA+ health, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and HIV, all within the lens of medical education.

Alison Footman

Alison joined AVAC in 2023 as a Senior Program Manager focused on building an STI advocacy program. Prior to joining AVAC, Alison was a postdoctoral fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the HPV Cancer Prevention Program, working to improve HPV vaccination coverage rates. Her research has primarily focused on promoting current and future vaccines to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Alison received her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College. She also received an MPH in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from Yale School of Public Health and a PhD in Health Behavior from University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Antonio Elizondo

Antonio Elizondo is the Associate Director of Outreach Services at Howard Brown Health Center. In 2013, Antonio co-founded Vives Q, an intergenerational Latinx LGBTQ series that highlights the contributions of LGBTQ trailblazers. In 2015, they began their position between the Center on Halsted and TPAN coordinating a youth outreach program that consisted of weekend retreats with built in messages of self-confidence and its relation to one’s health. In 2016, Antonio began their journey with Howard Brown Health providing leadership to Outreach initiatives which include At-Home Prevention Services and HIV/STI screenings in Chicago and suburban Cook County communities.

Dr Sara Day

Dr Sara Day has been a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CWFT) since 2006 and works at Kobler HIV outpatient clinic and John Hunter Sexual Health clinic. 

She has been the lead Consultant for Sexual Health London (SHL), London’s online postal STI testing service, since it launched in 2018. Sara  is responsible for the clinical governance of SHL, including the clinical algorithms underpinning the service, the management of abnormal results and safeguarding of service users.  

Dr John White

Dr John White brings over 25 years’ clinical experience within sexual health, having been an NHS consultant in Genitourinary Medicine since 2004, including 13 years at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. John is an NHS consultant at the Western and Northern Health & Social Care Trusts, Northern Ireland. From 2009 to 2020, John was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of STD & AIDS. 

Dr Vanessa Apea

Medical Director at Preventx; NHS consultant; Medical Director of the sexual health advocacy group NAZ; fellow of the Royal College of Physicians  

Dr Vanessa Apea is a highly experienced sexual health clinician, researcher and speaker. Since 2011, Vanessa has been a consultant physician in Genito-urinary and HIV medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, and clinical lead for five of those years. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer and the deputy academic lead for equality, diversity and inclusion within Queen Mary University of London’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.