Organizational Affiliation: Contractor, Division of STD Prevention
Type of Disseminated Information: Website
Date of request: 1/8/2003
Description of Information:
The CDC health topic's gonorrhea link goes to the gonorrhea lab page in DASTLR that talks mainly about antimicrobial resistance (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dastlr/gcdir/gono.html).
Specific reason(s) why information does not comply with OMB, HHS or CDC guidelines:
All the STDs listed in the CDC health topics (chlamydia, genital herpes, trichomonas, syphilis, HIV/ AIDS) are linked to fact sheets except for gonorrhea. I would think for standardization and for successful communication to the public, all these STD links would provide the same quality of information and the same ease of accessing that information. The gonorrhea link goes to the gonorrhea lab page in DASTLR that talks mainly about antimicrobial resistance. If I were someone in the general public looking up gonorrhea, I would get much better information about the disease from the GC fact sheet on the Division of STD Prevention website (http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd/Fact_Sheets/FactsGonorrhea.htm). All the other STDs are linked to fact sheets in their respective divisions (HIV/STD- fact sheet in DHAP, trichomonas- fact sheet in DPD, syphilis and chlamydia- fact sheets in DSTDP).
Requestor's recommendation for correction:
The health topic gonorrhea on the main CDC health topics webpage (http://www.cdc.gov/health/default.htm) should be redirected to the fact sheet on the Division of STD Prevention website (http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd/Fact_Sheets/FactsGonorrhea.htm).
How the requestor was affected by the information?
I am constantly redirecting members of the public who are seeking general information on gonorrhea to the Division of STD Prevention website and the fact sheet located there. The cuurent link is laboratory oriented and much more focused on antimicrobial resistance than general information on clinical aspects of gonorrhea.
Last Revised: August, 2004