Confronting Inequities in STI Prevention, Diagnostics and Care
David Lewis is Director of the Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre and Professor at the University of Sydney. David also holds an Honorary Professorship in the Division of Medical Virology at the University of Cape Town. David’s research interests include antimicrobial resistance, STI surveillance as well as STI care in resource-poor settings. David is an elected Council Member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. He is a former President of the International Union against STIs (IUSTI). He previously served on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases Research (ISSTDR). Within Australia, David serves on the International Advisory Board of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine. David has provided technical advice to the World Health Organization for many years in respect of STI treatment guidelines, point-of-care diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance. Recently, David was appointed to WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Dr Hanҫali is Microbiologist. She Regional Chairperson of the IUSTI Africa-Mena Region. She is the head of the National Reference laboratory on STI at the National Institute of Hygiene, Ministry of Health of Morocco. Her main research focuses on Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility testing and other bacterial STIs.
Dumisile Venessa Maseko
Dumisile Venessa Maseko is a Medical technologist and Laboratory Manager at the Centre for HIV and STIs at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg. Her main interests are new STI diagnostic technologies, Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility testing, training and supporting the African region in their STI surveillance programmes.
Hicham OUMZIL, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Medical School, University Mohammed V in Rabat, Head of the Virology Department, at the National Institute of Hygiene (MoH, Morocco).
He currently serves as a coordinator of the virological surveillance of SARS-CoV2, influenza and respiratory viruses in Morocco, in the framework of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) programme.
Dr Daniel Richardson was recently made clinical professor of sexual health & HIV in Brighton, UK. He has worked in sexual health in London, Brighton and Sydney (with Professor David Lewis) and is interested in STIs and STI prevention in men who have sex with men. He is currently chairing the writing group for the new BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) United Kingdom guideline on the management of sexually transmitted enteric infections 2022. He previously served as BASHH conference organiser.
Dr Kees Rietmeijer is a retired STI clinician, researcher, and educator. He is a past president of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association and past regional director of IUSTI North America. Between 2009 and 2016, Dr. Rietmeijer led an HIV/STI prevention training programme in Southern Africa and was a lead investigator on the Zimbabwe STI Etiology Study.
Henry de Vries
Henry de Vries is a dermatologist and Professor of skin infections. In addition to his work at the Amsterdam UMC (location AMC), he works at the Public Health Service (GGD Amsterdam) and is expert at the Dutch Institute for Public Health (RIVM). He is expert in clinical, epidemiological and diagnostic aspects of STI and emerging tropical skin infections.
His research topics are: cutaneous leishmaniasis, leprosy, STI in men who have sex with men (MSM), biomedical and behavioural interventions to curb HIV and STI transmission, gonorrhoea, lymphogranuloma venereum, and HPV related anal dysplasia.