Hook, III, co-moderator of the MedHelp STD and HIV Prevention and Safe Sex forums, received the annual Thomas Parran Award from the American
Sexually Transmitted Disease Association
. The Parran Award recognizes lifetime accomplishments in prevention and research in STDs. It is named for Thomas Parran, the groundbreaking US Surgeon General who first made the country aware of its uncontrolled syphilis epidemic in the 1930s and 1940s and is the architect of modern approaches to STD prevention.