A program of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Department of Sociomedical Sciences, the New York City STD Prevention Training Center (NYC PTC) is dedicated to increasing the sexual health knowledge and skills of medical health professionals in the prevention, diagnosis, screening, management and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. We offer classroom and web-based courses, hands-on training, clinical consults and technical assistance to clinical providers such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. The NYC PTC is one of eight regional training centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a member of the National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers.  

Training Region

New York
New Jersey
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands 

Our Staff

Alwyn Cohall, MD
Principal Investigator

Natalie Neu, MD MPH
Medical Director

Gowri Nagendra, MPH
Program Director

April Pavlish, MPH
Program Coordinator

Contact Us

NYC STD Prevention Training Center
215 W. 125th Street
1st Floor, Suite 1B
New York, NY 10027 

Email: nycptc@cumc.columbia.edu


  • On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its updated Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Recommendations and Reports. Click the link to learn more!

  • The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) has released a resource for healthcare professionals: "Provider Reporting: How to Report Diseases, Events, and Conditions to the New York City Health Department.” The resource is also available for download on our Resources page.

  • The NYC DOHMH has released a City Health Information (CHI) bulletin on "Providing Comprehensive Health Care to Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)". Click here to access the CHI and the Continuing Education Instructions. 

  • Gonorrhea Treatment Update (2012)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer recommends the oral antibiotic cefixime as a first-line treatment option for gonorrhea in the United States because of the possibility that the bacteria which causes gonorrhea is becoming resistant to the drug. The most effective treatment for gonorrhea is a combination therapy: the injectable antibiotic ceftriaxone along with one of two other oral antibiotics, either azithromycin or doxycycline. For full treatment information please click here. Visit the CDC STD website for more information and additional GC resources.

  • Viral Hepatitis Resources are now available!
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