When I started in 2006 as a new STD project director, I was eager to understand the program that I was now hired to manage and how this program would meet the expectations of the CDC federally funded prevention and care services. Staff, disease intervention performance, community partnership and surveillance seemed to be working exceptionally well on all levels, but what was not so clear was in comparison to what. What was the bar against which this program measured?
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment integrates STI and HIV activities from the initial diagnosis of HIV in Colorado. This integration provides the environment to support the utilization of data systems related to sexually transmitted infections including HIV in surveillance, partner services, and follow-up activities.
As the former Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s STD Program (1991-2010), I found the NCSD Core Components and Strategies to be a helpful resource in determining what activities my program should be conducting to effectively prevent and contain sexually transmitted infections.
NCSD has received multiple requests for information about sexual transmission of the Zika virus. We understand that several state and local STD programs are not included in discussions about Zika response, or about sexual transmission of cases.
April is just around the corner and that means, STD Awareness Month! To mark STD Awareness Month and raise our collective voices, NCSD has planned a number of activities that create opportunities for you to get engaged!
1. Virtual Hill Day for STD Prevention: April 26th