Section/Ci3 Study Featured in IUD Community Newsletter

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A research study co-authored by Section staff, Ci3 Founder and Director Dr. Melissa Gilliam and Ci3 Executive Director Dr. Brandon Hill was recently featured in the IUD Community Newsletter. “Impact of a theory-based video on initiation of long-action reversible contraception after abortion” was published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Fellowship of Family Planning in April 2014. Read the abstract here.

Former Family Planning Fellow Publishes Chapter in New Book

Dr. AuTumn Davidson, 2014 graduating fellow from the Section of Family Planning and now an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, contributed a chapter to the new book Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient. Co-authored by Section faculty Dr. Julie Chor, “Contraceptive Management of Women with Cardiac Disease” addresses how to best care for the rising number of women of reproductive age who present with cardiac conditions that impact pregnancy risks and contraceptive efficacy.

Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient offers advice on meeting the contraceptive needs of women with chronic medical problems. Family planning physicians, fellows, and women’s health care providers at any level can utilize this resource as both a literature review and a complementary guide to decrease barriers to safe contraceptive use. The authors address how common misconceptions and lack of knowledge can put patients at risk.

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Contraception for the Medically Challenging Patient fills the gap that currently exists in the knowledge of correct contraceptive prescribing practice and shows that inappropriate contraindications can easily become a barrier to effective contraception use among women. Chapters highlight obsolete views about appropriate candidates for contraception and address the complex contraceptive needs of today’s medically challenging patients with HIV/AIDS, uterine fibroids, or cardiac, neurologic or thyroid disease. The book gives attention to recommendations on the use of contraception in women with medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, epilepsy, and lupus, among others, and provides comprehensive information regarding the effects that certain drugs may have on contraceptive hormone levels. While national guidelines do exist for contraceptive eligibility, this book discusses in more detail the evidence behind the guideline recommendations and the nuances that clinicians confront in daily practice.

The book is available now in print as well as electronically. Order here.

Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections

Image from the Huffington PostYoung people account for nearly half of all new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) each year. In order to reduce risk behaviors and related health problems, new approaches and strategies for STI prevention increasingly employ digital media, which includes computer programs, smartphone apps, digital videos and audio recordings, web pages and websites, and social media.

Dr. Melissa Gilliam, Dr. Julie Chor, and Dr. Brandon Hill reviewed the recent literature on this intersection of technology and sexual health in the latest issue of Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Their article Digital Media and Sexually Transmitted Infections presents and critiques the potentiality to reduce sexual risk behaviors by employing technological interventions.

In particular, the article explores the impact of digital media use on increasing STI risk, how digital media can disseminate public health information, and what new and innovative digital media interventions are currently employed to prevent and treat STIs.

The literature points out that since young people interact with digital media daily, health care providers should not only embrace these technologies for their health interventions, but also recognize the potential risks of using these types of communication. For example, young people send and receive up to 100 texts per day. Such ubiquity has ushered in new modes of sexual communication, including sexting. In addition to the risks that come when sharing sexually explicit words or photographs, public health researchers have asked whether sexting can influence STI or HIV risk behaviors — this article reviews some of that data.

New modes of digital media and communication also impact health-seeking behaviors, whereby youth obtain health information by actively engaging with peers or anonymously searching for content. Although adolescents use digital media to disclose information and engage in relationships, studies show that they also express strong privacy concerns about seeking health information on these platforms.

The authors also comment on sexual health interventions that used a technology, including one that tested a text messaging system that sent reminders about an STI checkup and another study that used Facebook to create HIV awareness and intervention. The authors found these varying studies inconclusive, but acknowledge the value of establishing the potential of using these technologies in public health research and advocacy. However, a better understanding of how social media and other digital media contribute to sexual behaviors is critical to understanding increasing STI rates among adolescents.

Read the entire article and summaries of existing research here.


Meet our new Fellow, Dr. Brian Nguyen!

BrianWe are very excited to welcome one of our new family planning fellows, Dr. Brian Nguyen!

Brian grew up in California. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Master’s degree in Sociology at Stanford University. He then attended Brown University for medical school. Brian’s educational experiences led him to believe that family planning, family dinner, and family-focused fathers contributed to his success, and so he has focused his medical career on the factors that contribute to forming happy families.

He has published research on men’s attitudes towards emergency contraception and the need for promoting vasectomy as an equally effective and cost-effective method of sterilization. He hopes to continue research that creates a positive role for men in women’s health. His male perspective and interest in male involvement is unique, and we are lucky to have him here!

Brian enjoys teaching and is looking forward to the high-powered academics of our program. He was initially drawn to the University of Chicago because it is one of the only fellowships in family planning with a specific interest in the cross section of media and sexual and reproductive health. He hopes to further research this niche in family planning and explore contemporary ways to provide low cost, sustainable, far-reaching interventions.

Brian also hopes to increase his body of literature during his time in the program. One of his career goals is to write about women’s health–from a male perspective, for men–as a means to sensitize and raise awareness among the lay male public.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys cooking (more as an excuse to gather people and share life and stories). He also runs a business creating birth mementos, which can be found here.

He speaks English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.