Tuesday June 26th


16:30 - 18:30

European STI Guideline Editorial Board Meeting

Henry Jone Board Room - The old library

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Wednesday June 27th

8:30 - 12:00


Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance in Gonorrhea

Beckett Room 1

Chairs: Francis Ndowa, Magnus Unemo

Speakers: Teodora Wi, Pachara Sirivongrangson, Emily Weston, Magnus Unemo, Melanie Taylor, Ranmini Kularatne, Jessica Renaux , Sami Gottlieb, Ann Jerse

Panellists: Xiang-Sheng Chen, Michelle Cole,  Jo-Anne Dillon, Eric Garges, Patricia Galarza, Monica Lahra, Amina Hansali, Irene Martin, Francis Ndowa, Igor Toskin, David Whiley

9:30 - 12:00

IUSTI Europe Council Meeting

Regent House

12:00 - 12:30

IUSTI World and Europe Buffet Lunch

Regent House

12:30 - 17:00

IUSTI - World EXCO Meeting

Regent House

13:30 - 16:30

Public Health Applications of Chlamydia trachomatis Serology (PHACTS) - 3rd Annual Meeting

Beckett Room 1

18:00 - 20:00

Book of Kells Tours

Groups of 40 - sign up at the registration desk

18:00 - 19:30

Opening Ceremony

Edmund Burke Hall


Chairs: Derek Freedman, Charlotte Gaydos


Derek Freedman: Welcome Address from the Congress Chair

Charlotte Gaydos: Presidential Address from the Congress Co-Chair and President IUSTI EXCO

Airi Poder: Welcome Address on Behalf of IUSTI Europe from the Regional Director of IUSTI Europe

​Kees Rietmeijer and Henry de Vries: Introduction to the IUSTI 2018 Scientific Program by the Co-Chairs IUSTI 2018 Scientific Committee

King Holmes: Official Opening: “The Appliance of Science”

Teodora Wi: Opening Keynote: “Celebrating Good Sex” from the World Health Organization


Welcome Reception

Dining Hall - Trinity College

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Thursday June 28th 

7:30 - 8:30

ISSTDR Board Meeting

Davis Theatre

8:00 - 8:45

Clinical Case Studies: Syphilis

Beckett Room 1


Chair: Khalil Ghanem


Susan Toddenham: Ocular Syphilis

Matthew Hamill: Syphilitic eye disease with overlapping primary syphilis. How to manage a penicillin allergic patient

Jodie Dionne-Odum: Syphilis in Pregnancy

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary 1

Global STI: What in the World?

Edmund Burke Hall


Chairs: Teodora Wi, Francis Ndowa


Thomas Quinn: Gulliver’s Travels: The Global Resurgence of STI's

Nicola Low: Assessing the Global Burden of STI's and Developing the Workforce to Fight It

Xiang-Sheng Chen: Evolving STI Epidemiology in Asia

Sara Lowe: Battling STI's on the Front Lines in Africa

10:30 - 11:15

Tea and Coffee break

Lower Concourse/Dining Hall


Poster Session


Dining Hall 

11:15 - 12:30

Parallel Sessions 1

Symposium 1: Syphilis 2018

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Amani Hansali, Bradley Stoner.


Mark Gilbert: The Syndemic Approach to Syphilis Epidemiology and Prevention

Kirsten Salado - Rasmussen: T. pallidum Molecular Typing and Syphilis Epidemiology

Robert Bolan: Doxycycline Prophylaxis for Syphilis Prevention

Xiu Qui: Syphilis-attributable adverse pregnancy outcomes: a retrospective cohort analysis of 1218 pregnant women with different syphilis treatment status in China

Symposium 2: Viral STIs, It Is Time to Maximize Prevention of Infections and Complications

J.M Synge Theatre 


Chairs: Raj Patel, Marc Steben


Anna Wald: HSV: An Imperfect Toolkit of Interventions

Marc Steben: How Can We Accelerate the Elimination of HPV? 

Valérie Martel-Laferrière: Sexually Transmitted Hepatitis C – Beyond Injection Drug Use

Niamh Lynn: Update on outcomes from a Hepatitis C outbreak in men who have sex with men in a Dublin Sexual Health Clinic & a call for treatment as prevention


Oral Abstract Session 1: STI Treatment and Clearance

Emmet Theatre


Chairs: Tariq Sadiq, Basil Donovan


Christian Hoebe: Treatment effectiveness of azithromycin and doxycycline in uncomplicated anorectal and vaginal Chlamydia trachomatis infections in women; a multicenter observational study (FemCure)

Stephen Jordan: Identifying men at risk for persistent nongonoccocal urethritis using pathogen and symptoms resolution rates in azithromycin-treated men

Geneviève Van Liere: Spontaneous clearance of urogenital, anorectal and oropharyngeal chlamydia trachomatis and neisseria gonorrhoeae in sti clinic visiting women, msm and heterosexual men

Hannelore Götz: Confirmatory testing of neisseria gonorrhoea in a sexual health clinic in Rotterdam: implications for epidemiology and treatment policy

Sunniva Förster: Combination testing and evolution of resistance to zoliflodacin combined with other antimicrobials for neisseria gonorrhoeae

Oral Abstract Session 2: PrEP: Opportunities and Consequences

Davis Theatre


Chairs: Connie Celum, Elske Hoornenborg


Harriet Langanke: Are we doing enough to increase prep uptake among European women? Identifying barriers via the prep cascade using results from the flash! PrEP in Europe survey

Michalina Montaño: High rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) risk among men who have sex with men (MSM) using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV

Roberta Brum: Pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) risk assessment: are we missing opportunities?

Christina Schumacher: Low rates of HIV testing among Gonorrhoea infected individuals with history of recent bacterial STI’s in Baltimore, Maryland, USA: A missed opportunity for PrEP referral?

Ian Spicknall: Sexual positioning among men who have had sex with men and bridging to heterosexual networks in the United States, 2011-2015

WHO Round Table: Strengthening STI Case Management in Resource-Constraint Settings

Beckett Room 1


Chairs: Teodora Wi, Francis Ndowa


Teodora Wi: STI Management for STI Control

Francis Ndowa: STI Syndromic Case Management

Kees Rietmeijer: Validation Study on Syndromic Case Management in Zimbabwe

Magnus Unemo: Should Mycoplasma genitalium be included in any Syndromic Case Management Guidelines?

Jessica Renaux: Development of New Treatment and Mitigating Drug Resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch / Sponsored Symposium Becton - Dickinson

Diagnostics supporting the fight against AMR in Sexual Health

Atrium - Dining Hall



Jorgen Skov Jensen: Mycoplasma genitalium and fluoroquinolone resistance

Phillip Edward Hay: Vaginal Colonization By Drug-Resistant Candida Species, Including C. glabrata, and C. krusei

Poster Session

Dining Hall 

12:30 - 13:00


Beckett Room 1

13:00 - 14:15

IUSTI 2019 Tallinn, Scientific Committee Meeting

Beckett Room 1

13:30 - 14:15

Plenary 2

Congenital Syphilis 

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Adele Schwartz-Benzaken, Jeff Klausner


Rangsima Lolekha: Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of Syphilis: the Thailand Experience

Melanie Taylor: Benzathine Penicillin Shortages and the Need for Alternative Treatment Options for Pregnant Women With Syphilis

14:15 - 14:30

Break / Transition

14:30 - 15:45

Parallel Sessions 2

Symposium 3: E-Health

J.M Synge Theatre 


Chairs: Jackie Cassell, Udi Davidovich


Mary Darking: Supporting Reduced-Visit Clinical Pathways with mHealth in HIV care: the Role of Co-design and Soci-technical evaluation

Leslie Snyder: How E-Health Strategies Can Support STI Testing

Jo Gibbs: Legislation and regulation in the era of online sexual health: how do we ensure provision of safe, high-quality care?

Huachun Zou: Geosocial networking app use among men who have sex with men in China: findings from the T2T study

Symposium 4: Vaginal Microbiome

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Jacky Jennings, Helena Seth-Smith.


Janneke van de Wijgert: The Vaginal Microbiome and Sexually Transmitted Infections Are Interlinked: Consequences for Treatment and Prevention

Elke Lievens: The Vaginal Microbiome in STIs: A role for Probiotics?

Cindy Liu: The Genital Microbiome and Host Susceptibility to HIV

Christina Muzny: Incubation period and risk factors support sexual transmission of bacterial vaginosis in women who have sex with women

Oral Abstract Session 3: Developments in STI Prevention

Davis Theatre 


Chairs: Eline Op de Coul, Catherine Mercer


Clarissa Diniz: STI prevention bundle implementation in routine clinical practice

Alex Carballo-Diéguez: Attitudes towards partners' rectal douching behaviors among a large, national sample of men who have insertive anal intercourse: implications for the development of a behaviorally congruent HIV-Prevention rectal microbicide douche

Lisa Eaton: A serosorting focused behavioral intervention to prevent STI infection among MSM in the US: using a graphic novel to affect risk behaviour

Bryan Kutner: That should definitely be an option, whether it's used or not: preferences among men who have sex with men and transgender women for app-based sharing of HIV/Syphilis home-testing results

Angelica Espinosa Miranda: Maternal to child HIV and Syphilis transmission prevention program in Brazil: missed opportunities

Oral Session 4: LGV – The Evolving Epidemic

Beckett Room 1


Chairs: Gwenda Hughes, Henry de Vries


Miriam Sare: Screening for asymptomatic LGV infection, experience from Norway with possible implications for future guidelines?

Remco Peters: Single-dose azithromycin may be effective for genital Chlamydia trachomatis biovar-l infection in South African women

Michelle Cole: High prevalence of lymphogranuloma venereum detected in MSM through an enhanced European surveillance pilot study

Oskar Ayerdi: LGV in samples from Pharynx, unusual location

Hunter Handsfield: Discussant

14:30 - 15:45

Sponsored Symposium SpeeDx

Diagnostics Defining Therapy – how resistance guided therapy is changing STI management

Emmet Theatre

Chair: Jeff Klausner

Speakers: David Whiley, Kate Templeton, Mateu Espasa Soley

15:45 - 16:15

Tea and Coffee break

Lower Concourse/Dining Hall


Poster Session


Dining Hall

16:15 - 17:30

Parallel Sessions 3

Symposium 5: Exploring Treatment Approaches for Urethritis in Men

Edmund Burke Hall 

Chairs: Francis Ndowa, Magnus Unemo


Ranmini Kularatne: Urethral Discharge Syndrome and Its Management in Resource-Constrained Settings – a Perspective From Sub-Saharan Africa

Edward Hook: Management Strategies for Non-Gonococcal Urethritis 

Patrick Horner: Azithromycin or Doxycycline in the Treatment of Non-Gonococcal Urethritis in Men

Teresa Batteiger: Etiology of Nongonococcal urethritis among men attending an urban sexually transmitted diseases clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Symposium 6: Program and Implementation Science

J.M Synge Theatre


Chairs: Sevgi Aral, Kees Rietmeijer


James Blanchard: What Happened to the Other 90s? The Unintended Consequences of Test and Treat Interventions for Key Populations

Julie Dombrowski: Which Traditions are Worth Keeping? Public Health HIV/STI Program Science in the U.S

Helen Ward: Discussant


Oral Abstract Session 5: STI Transmission Dynamics

Davis Theatre


Chairs: Christopher Fairley, Abigail Norris-Turner


Eric Chow: Kissing overtakes sex as the leading risk factor for Oropharyngeal Gonorrhoea in men who have sex with men: a cross-sectional survey

Jeanine Leenen: Is Chlamydia trachomatis infection at the Oropharyngeal site a risk for anorectal infection in men who have sex with men (MSM) and women?

Vincent Cornelisse: Evidence for a new paradigm of Gonorrhoea transmission: concordance of Gonorrhoea infections by anatomic site in same-sex male couples. A cross-sectional observational study

Anna Wald: Sexual practices and oral and genital Herpes simplex virus shedding patterns among a cohort with laboratory documented first episode genital HSV-1

Jacky Jennings: Measuring the Network Overlap in Transmission Networks of syphilis and/or HIV infected MSM

Oral Abstract Session 6: The Genital Microbiome

Beckett Room 1


Chairs: Janet Wilson, Sharon Hillier


Jeff Andrews: Vaginal microbiome molecular assay for diagnosis of vaginitis, vaginosis, and risk of acquisition and persistence of HPV

Evelyn Toh: Indiana University School Of Medicine

Charlotte Van der Veer: Effects of an over-the-counter lactic-acid containing intra-vaginal douching product on the vaginal microbiota

Nuno Cerca: The microbiome during bacterial vaginosis: who is cooperating with Gardnerella vaginalis in enhancing crucial gene expression in a dual-species biofilm model?

Jeanne Marrazzo: Discussant

16:15 - 17:30

Sponsored Symposium Roche Diagnostics

Hurdles, Barriers & Pathways: Rethinking the continuum of STI care

Emmet Theatre



Elizabeth Marlowe: Introduction & Overview of Global STI Trends

Sally Corden: Self-Testing for STIs: The Public Health Wales Pilot

Zoe Couzens: Social Drivers and Community Health Impact of Self Testing for STIs: The Public Health Wales Pilot

Elizabeth Marlowe: Closing Comments, Questions & Answers

17:30 - 18:15

Poster Session

Dining Hall

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Friday June 29th 

8:00 - 8:45

Clinical Case Studies

Dining Hall 


Chair: Say Quah


José Riera-Monroig: Lymphogranuloma Venereum presenting as an ulcer on the tongue

Harriet Le Voir: Candida Conundrums: use of nystatin in azole resistant candida isolates

Mauro Ramos: Penile Kaposi Sarcoma in an HIV negative patient

9:00 - 10:30

Plenary 3

The Appliance of Science: A Review of Recent Advances in STI Research

Edmund Burke Hall 


Chairs: Edward Hook, Patrick Horner

Speakers: Jackie Cassell, Patrick Horner, Edward Hook, William Miller 

Patrick Horner and Edward Hook: Discussion