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Using Data to Combat HIV and STD Coinfections

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. Ready access to these data systems by program staff provides the ability to focus resources in a more effective manner.  Access to this data resulted in the identification of an increase in early syphilis in persons co-infected with or at increased risk for HIV—providing staff the information needed to more effectively target resources and successfully conduct disease intervention services (NCSD STD Program Core Component #6). 

Similarly, this data is also used to identify persons with repeated gonorrhea infections as being at increased risk of acquiring HIV infection.  Access to applicable data and staff with data analysis skills provides the Department with the ability to respond more quickly and appropriately to both anticipated and unique disease occurrence.

NCSD's STD Program Core Components and Strategies - 2012 can be found here.

Highlighted Resources

The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in partnership with the American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association (ASTDA) hosted a webinar: Point of Care Testing-Where Are We Going?  


Sexually transmitted disease (STD) programs do an enormous amount of work to protect the public’s health with continually declining resources. There are many opportunities associated with the evolution of health care in the United States.


The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) are pleased to launch “Addressing Stigma: A Blueprint for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Outcomes for Black and L