HIV/STD Alaskan program activities for control

HIV/STD Program activities include:

  • conducting case investigations and surveillance for selected STD (gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis), HIV infection, and AIDS;
  • analyzing and publishing Alaska HIV/STD data and public health recommendations for health care providers and the broader community (see Epidemiology Bulletins posted on this web page);
  • providing public health policy guidance related to HIV/AIDS and STD;
  • interviewing (or coordinating with other public health providers to interview) HIV and STD patients for sexual (and for HIV, injecting) partners; assisting HIV and STD patients to confidentially notify partners of their exposure; and assisting partners to access screening and treatment, as appropriate;
  • providing consultation to, and follow up with, clinical service providers on diagnosis and treatment for patients with STD;
  • working with the State Public Health Laboratories to make appropriate screening technology available for detection of STD and HIV, with emphasis on populations at increased risk of infection;
  • providing targeted HIV prevention grants and technical assistance on HIV prevention interventions to community-based and local governmental organizations, consistent with priorities developed by the statewide HIV Prevention Planning Group;
  • providing HIV care grants to community-based organizations for individualized case management; client advocacy; access to HIV-related medications; and payment for outpatient medical, dental, mental health, and other supportive services for individuals and families affected by HIV;
  • providing training for health and social service providers on topics such as HIV prevention counseling and HIV testing and HIV/STD risk reduction interventions;
  • sponsoring continuing education opportunities related to HIV/AIDS and STD for medical and other health care professionals, in collaboration with other agencies (in particular, two centers at the University of Washington in Seattle: AIDS Education & Training and STD Prevention/Treatment); and
  • conducting activities to evaluate programmatic efforts to prevent and control STD and HIV.