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.