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University of Iowa Media Advisory

April 8, 2004

Media Availability: UI Health Care Expert Can Discuss STDs

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Month, sponsored by the American Social Health Association (ASHA). More than 15 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases will occur this year in the United States, according to ASHA. Many people with STDs do not have symptoms, and millions of Americans, including teens, do not know they are infected.

Kevin Ault, M.D., University of Iowa associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is available to discuss STDs, including these topics:

--Vaccines trials for the two most common STDs: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Herpes Simplex.

--STD prevention and prevalence among teens.

For more information about ASHA, visit http://www.ashastd.org/. A descriptive list of STDs is available at http://www.ashastd.org/stdfaqs/index.html.

Media may set up interviews with Ault by contacting him at kevin-ault@uiowa.edu or 319-353-7384. Becky Soglin also is available to help set up interviews.

NOTE TO EDITORS: This advisory provides contact information for a University of Iowa Health Care expert who is making himself available for media interviews. This notice is not meant for publication or broadcast.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu