Media Information/Policies

Media Information and Policies


Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. Public health leaders, including individuals from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), the University of Alabama’s School of Medicine, and CDC – gather onsite to discuss the new findings and how to counter the country’s STD epidemic.

If you are a member of the news media and need further information, please call (212) 584-5027 or email


To register as a media participant for the conference, proof of accreditation is required. This accreditation may take the form of a photocopy of official press credentials or a letter from your editor verifying assignment to the conference on the stationery of the media organization for which you work.

A maximum of two representatives from a media organization (not per publication, in the case of organizations that publish multiple newsletters), whether they are employed by the organization or freelancing, will be approved for media registration.

Freelance journalists wishing to cover the conference must submit copies of three bylined STD articles in addition to an official letter of assignment.

Newsletter writers and editors must submit three issues of their newsletter, at least one of which must include a bylined STD article.

Reporters from online publications that meet the below criteria are eligible to register:

  • The website must provide original, editorial news coverage.
  • Editorial content must be independent of advertising and sponsorship (if the website is sponsored, the site must have multiple sponsors, and all sponsors must be clearly identified as such on the website).
  • Personal websites do not qualify for media registration.
  • Online media are not considered separate from their parent media companies for purposes of media registration.

News Media Policies

Media identification. Registered media are required to wear their media badges at all times while on site at the conference.

Embargo policy. The embargo for information presented during a press conference lifts at the start of the press conference. Embargoes of all other conference sessions and presentations lift the morning of the session or presentation at 8am EST. Any social media publication of information presented in a session or presentation prior to the embargo lift is a strict violation of the conference embargo policy. All 2018 STD Prevention Conference participants, including attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors, are required to follow the embargo policy.

Press conferences. Please look for future updates on the content, timing and location of official conference press briefings. Media unable to attend the briefings in person will be able to participate by phone. The conference will not be able to accommodate requests for space for third-party press conferences at the conference venue.

Interview requests. 2018 STD Prevention Conference media center personnel will make every effort to assist you in arranging interviews with presenters or other spokespersons. Please do not hesitate to ask media center staff for assistance.

Video and Photography. Videotaping is restricted to registered, accredited, broadcast news media and will not be permitted without express advance authorization from conference media personnel. If approved, members of the press may videotape during press briefings in designated interview rooms and in conference common areas, provided that video crews are accompanied by a conference media team staff member. Filming will be limited, based on availability of a staff escort. Non-flash photography and audio recording of the scientific sessions is permissible for personal and non-commercial use only, provided it is not disruptive to the session proceedings. Any requests for videotaping of conference proceedings beyond this policy must be submitted to conference organizers in writing by July 9, 2018, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Press releases. Limited space will be available in the press room for organizations that sponsor special sessions or present data at the 2018 STD Prevention Conference to display press releases and media materials related to their official conference activities.

References to the conference. When referring to the conference in your coverage, please use the full name of the conference – 2018 STD Prevention Conference.


Please direct all inquiries to: or (212) 584-5027.