|STD Program Services
To control STD, the STD Program and the County/Municipal Health Departments operate free, confidential STD clinics statewide. STD patients receive tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis; high risk female STD patients receive PAP smears. All STD clinics receive appropriate antibiotics to treat syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Hepatitis B vaccinations are being implemented as part of STD clinic practice and will be offered in the majority of STD clinic sites by the end of 2002. In addition, all STD patients have the opportunity to receive HIV pretest counseling and a confidential HIV test.
Intervention and Prevention
Surveillance and partner notification activities are expected to result in reports of 10,000 patients with gonorrhea, 150 with infectious syphilis, and 18,000 with chlamydia. STD Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), Public Health Advisors, Community Health Nurses, and STD contract clinicians conduct individual interviews and counseling sessions with 5,000 STD patients to identify, locate, and treat at-risk sex partners; to ensure compliance with follow-up care; and to help patients and partners avoid reinfection.
The STD Program provides testing for syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea to patients in family planning, Planned Parenthood clinics, and other health care settings where sexually active men and women are examined. In a twelve month period, 100,000 high-risk patients will receive blood tests for syphilis, 200,000 women will be screened for gonorrhea, and 80,000 women will be screened for chlamydia.
Surveillance, Information, and Education
STD/DIS monitor the reporting practices of laboratories to ensure prompt and comprehensive reporting of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The most recent diagnostic and treatment recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are distributed to all STD clinicians and to medical professionals. STD informational and educational pamphlets are purchased and distributed to at-risk populations and to the public. STD Task Forces in high incidence areas of the state have been established to elicit greater community involvement in STD prevention.