Online care for STIs

Online STI Screening Program

Online care for STIs

UCI Student Health Center now offers online “Self-Directed” Basic Testing for STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). An appointment with a SHC provider is not required prior to requesting the STI testing.

However, depending upon the results of the testing, an appointment with a SHC provider may be necessary to discuss results and treatment options. 
Please read the information on this webpage carefully.

If you are ready to order the testing online, then please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.

  • Is self-directed STI testing right for you? Be informed and take a moment to review the process and the information below. 
  • This program allows you to order tests online for some of the most common sexually transmitted infections without an appointment. It is intended for screening only and should not be used if you have symptoms.
  • You may be requesting testing too soon if you have had a new partner recently. HIV antibody results take up to 4 weeks to become accurate; gonorrhea/chlamydia 1-2 weeks, and syphilis 4 weeks. If you are unsure, you can schedule an appointment with a clinician to determine which tests are right for you. 
  • This screening will not test for all STIs and may not be adequate depending upon your sexual practices.  To assess your risk, we recommend using a risk tool such as STD Wizard to find out what you should be tested for based upon your sexual practices. Also, you may first want to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians to discuss your needs.
  • The Student Health Center is required by law to report the diagnoses of Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HIV to the communicable Disease Office of the Orange County Health Care Agency. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

If you have symptoms and/or concerns regarding an exposure within the past week (such as a broken condom), or if you (or someone you know) have been the victim of an assault, you should NOT use the STI Online Screening Program as other testing or treatment may be needed and other campus resources are also available to assist you.

Please call the UCI Student Health Center appointment line immediately at 949-824-5304 to schedule an appointment to see one of our providers. For victims of sexual assault, the UCI Campus Assault Resources & Education (CARE) office is available to provide assistance. Contact the CARE office at 949-824-7273.

For medical or life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 or the UCI Police Department at 949-824-5222.

  • Cost information:
    • For students on UC SHIP:
      • There is no fee for using the online STI Screening Program (i.e., submitting an online request for STI testing).
      • STI testing by SHC’s Lab is 100% covered since it is a preventive care service. There is no coinsurance payment required whether self-ordered online or by a SHC provider. 
      • If you schedule an appointment with a SHC provider to discuss STI’s and/or related test results, then there would be no office visit co-payment required since it would be considered a preventive care service.
      • There is no limit to the # of STI tests that you may undergo during an academic (i.e., “plan”) year. However, as with any health insurance plan, diagnostic tests ordered by a provider must be based upon medical necessity. 
    • For students with health insurance other than UC SHIP:
      • There is no fee for using the online STI Screening Program (i.e., submitting an online request for STI testing).
      • There are fees for the actual STI lab testing performed by SHC’s Lab. These fees will be charged to your campus billing account (Zot Account) whether requested online by you or ordered by a SHC provider.
      • If you schedule an appointment with a SHC provider to discuss STI’s and/or related test results, then the fees associated with that office visit will be charged to your campus billing account (Zot Account).
      • If you have an HMO plan (e.g., Kaiser, Sutter Health) or Medi-Cal/Cal Optima, then you will ly not receive reimbursement for any routine, non-urgent and/or preventive care services rendered by SHC.
      • SHC does not bill any health insurance plans other than UC SHIP.
    • For a listing of Lab fees associated with STI testing, please visit Fees for Common Services.
  • Next steps:

If you are ready to proceed with online self-directed STI testing, then follow these instructions:

  • Log onto the Student Health Patient Portal
  • Select “Messages” from the left navigation bar
  • Click on “New Message”
  • Select “I want to request services and/or orders from the Student Health Center” and click “Continue”
  • Select the “STI Self-Ordering Testing” option
  • Before submitting your secure message on the patient portal to request STI testing, you will be prompted to attest that you have read and understand the information shown above. For your reference, this information also appears on the portal.

Source: https://shc.uci.edu/services/online-sti-screening-program

STI Testing at PhysicianOne Urgent Care

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are passed from one person to another, typically through sexual contact.

Also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), STDs may be passed during sexual activity involving contact with the sexual organs, mouth, or other intimate parts of the body.

STDs are common, with as many as 20 million new cases occurring annually in the United States. While wearing a condom during sex reduces the risk of transmission, some STDs are transmitted through simple skin-to-skin contact.

STDs do not always result in noticeable symptoms. For this reason, anyone who is sexually active should consider getting tested for STDs to rule out ongoing infection. Virtually all STDs can be treated with medications, and most are curable. Some, such as HIV or HPV infection, are manageable with proper diagnosis and treatment.

We offer testing and treatment for a range of STDs, including:

  • HIV
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes
  • Syphilis

A single unprotected sexual encounter could result in an STD, so it is important to be tested promptly. Seek testing within 1–2 weeks after an unprotected encounter, and then again 90 days later, to rule out emergent infection.

Typically, the doctor will perform a brief physical exam. This may include a pelvic exam for female patients. Your healthcare provider may also draw blood or collect urine for STD testing. In some instances, the doctor may use a sterile cotton swab to collect a sample from affected tissue(s), for further testing.

Additional reasons to consider seeking STD testing

If any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Off-color or odorous discharge from the vagina
  • A burning sensation while urinating (men or women)
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Painful sex (men or women)
  • Testicular pain or swelling
  • Unusual sores on the genitals
  • Rectal pain or discharge
  • Burning, itching or discomfort in genitals
  • If you are sexually active (especially if not monogamous)
  • If you are pregnant, even if there is no reason to suspect STDs
  • Infections such as syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea could be transmitted to your infant, or otherwise jeopardize your pregnancy, and should be addressed immediately

Common STDs

Common STDs include: genital warts (HPV), chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C may also be transmitted through sexual contact, although these diseases are not strictly STDs.

Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is extremely common. In some cases it resolves on its own within two years or less.

In other instances, infection with HPV may result in genital warts and/or an increased risk of cervical cancer.

When to Seek Treatment for an STD

STDs typically do not constitute a life-threatening emergency, but they should never be ignored. Seek treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care or with your primary care provider sooner rather than later.

Treatment for STDs

Some STDs are readily treatable with common antibiotics. Others are manageable with antiviral drugs and other medications. Keep in mind that STDs often cause no noticeable symptoms.

Nevertheless, they should never be ignored, and an infected person should refrain from having unprotected sex with any additional partners.

Prior partners should be notified if you are newly diagnosed with an STD.

PhysicianOne Urgent Care is here 7 days per week for high-quality, convenient walk-in urgent care. Contact us at 1.855.349.2828, or stop in today for a convenient, walk-in visit. If you’re looking to save time, find a location near you and check in online, today!

Source: https://physicianoneurgentcare.com/onsite-services/std-testing

Does Urgent Care do STD Testing?

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If you’re wondering, “Does urgent care do STD testing?” the short answer is: yes. However, it may not be the best choice for getting annual or regular STD testing. While most urgent care centers do offer STD testing, there are certain situations in which you might benefit from going to a testing center for STD testing instead of urgent care and vice versa.

STD testing at urgent care

One reason people are more ly to go to urgent care than their doctor’s office is that they can typically walk into urgent care and get same day STD testing. In addition, going to an urgent care center may relieve people of the embarrassment that can be associated with visiting their doctor or a clinic.

Another reason someone might go to urgent care is if their insurance provider covers urgent care visits. While this may seem a cheaper alternative to clinics and testing centers that don’t accept insurance, patients may not realize that they may have additional testing fees or copays, and it may be difficult to estimate up front how much they’ll need to pay out-of-pocket.

STD testing at Priority STD Testing

Priority STD Testing offers many of the same conveniences as urgent care.

At Priority STD Testing, you could set up a testing appointment online for the same or next day, be in and the testing center in 30 minutes and have your results in a matter of days, all for costs comparable to or cheaper than urgent care, and without a lengthy stay in a waiting room.

Additionally, at Priority STD Testing, you can avoid an uncomfortable conversation with a doctor or nurse. After providing some basic information to a care counselor online, all you need to do is show up for your testing, provide the necessary sample(s) and leave.

Because Priority STD Testing does not accept insurance, there are no surprises as to what the cost of testing will be. Additionally, because the testing is not processed through health insurance, results or records will not be reported to your insurance provider or be part of your personal health record.

When should you go to urgent care instead of a testing center?

While the testing experiences at urgent care and a testing center Priority STD Testing are comparable in a lot of ways, sometimes it is better to go to one place rather than the other.

If you’re experiencing a symptom, a visit to urgent care or your doctor’s office is the best bet for figuring out what the cause of that symptom may be and getting the treatment you need.

Symptoms for STDs can be the same as symptoms for other infections, and vice versa. Getting examined is often the best way to know that you are getting the testing you need.

And if you have specific concerns or questions, you’ll be able to get them addressed.

When should you go to a testing center instead of urgent care?

If you aren’t currently experiencing symptoms of an STD or other infection, going for STD testing at urgent care could extend the wait of other patients or could mean a long wait for you. It’s faster, easier and more convenient for you and everyone involved if you go to an STD testing center to get tested.

Regardless of where you get tested, what’s most important is that you are getting tested regularly if you’re sexually active.

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Source: https://www.prioritystdtesting.com/blog/does-urgent-care-do-std-testing/

Telemedicine in Sexual and Reproductive Health – Issue Brief

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  • Telemedicine technologies may help address unmet reproductive health needs in the U.S., particularly for rural populations and those with transportation and childcare barriers.
  • A wide range of reproductive health care services are provided via telemedicine, including hormonal contraception, medication abortions, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) care. These services could replace the need for in-person care in some cases, though most telemedicine services today still function as an adjunct to the existing health care system.
  • Despite its potential, telemedicine utilization by patients is low and significant barriers exist to its implementation. Initiating a telemedicine program entails significant investment in technology, and requires overcoming logistical challenges including privacy concerns, licensing of physicians and malpractice coverage.
  • Insurance coverage of telemedicine services varies widely the insurance plan and state policies. Insurers typically pay lower rates for telemedicine compared to in-person care, and patients may pay out-of-pocket for services normally covered in full in the clinical setting, including contraception and STI screening.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines telemedicine as the provision of health care services by health care professionals, utilizing technology to exchange information in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. While not yet broadly adopted across the U.S.

, telemedicine’s use in reproductive health care has shown promise in offering innovative solutions to unmet health needs, particularly in areas with few health care providers. Leading medical groups endorse telemedicine in bolstering reproductive health services and expanding access for rural women. This brief presents an overview of telemedicine’s current use in sexual and reproductive health care, and reviews considerations in its coverage, potential to improve access, and financial implications for providers and patients.

Telemedicine Background

Varied definitions for telemedicine and telehealth exist.

In the broadest definition, telemedicine can include basic telecommunication tools phone calls, text messages, emails, faxes and online patient health portals that allow patients to schedule appointments, read appointment summaries, view lab results and communicate with their providers. Many health care organizations and insurers, however, adopt a narrower definition, typically involving three specific telemedicine modalities:

  • Videoconference: real-time exchange of information via video. Example: patient has an appointment on a web-based platform with a clinician.
  • Store and forward: an online consultation in which patient information is sent to a remote clinician, who later sends back diagnostic/treatment recommendations.
  • Remote patient monitoring: patient’s home monitoring device sends data to clinician for review. Example: home blood sugar data sent to doctor remotely.

Telemedicine facilitates remote interactions between patients and providers or between providers of different specialties, originating from health care facilities or a patient’s home (Figure 1).

A patient may see their usual provider during a telemedicine visit, remaining within their existing health care system, or may interact with remote providers they have never met before, for example on a third party application.

Figure 1: Telemedicine Can Facilitate a Broad Range of Interactions, Using Different Devices and Modalities

Due to its diverse functions, telemedicine has long been touted as a method to increase health care access, focused on rural populations where clinicians are scarce.

KFF’s 2017 Women’s Health Survey revealed many women, particularly low-income women, delay or forgo necessary health care due to problems obtaining transportation or childcare, indicating that telemedicine could be beneficial in low-income, urban populations as well.

Despite its potential, patient use of telemedicine appears small. An analysis of private insurance claims by FAIR Health reveals telemedicine use grew 14-fold for non-hospital patient-provider interactions from 2014-2018, but still represented only a small fraction of all medical claims (0.1%).

Urban areas experienced more growth than rural, and the majority of utilizers were women (65%) and ages 31-40 (21%). Patients may be reluctant to adopt telemedicine, preferring in-person visits to videoconferencing, and establishing rapport via video poses challenges to patient engagement.

In a study of health care consumers, 43% of respondents thought telehealth visits would be less personal than traditional services, and 49% perceived the quality of care to be lower.

Since users may engage with different providers each time they utilize telemedicine, continuity of care may be disrupted as well.

Among providers, a 2016 survey of physicians found just 15% of physicians worked in practices offering telemedicine services, with primary care providers and OBGYNs using telemedicine considerably less than specialties radiology and psychiatry (Figure 2). Uptake for telemedicine was notably higher among larger practices, and in non-metropolitan areas for provider to provider interactions.

Figure 2: Telemedicine Utilization Varies by Specialty and Practice Size/Location

Reproductive Health Services in Telemedicine

A broad range of gynecologic and obstetric services can be offered via telemedicine, including contraception, medication abortions, STI care, prenatal care, and limited applications in OB-Psychiatry, men’s sexual health and care for sexual assault victims (Table 1). The modalities of delivery and levels of patient-provider interaction vary across these services.

Services available Example platforms/providers
Contraception Hormonal contraception: oral contraceptive pills, vaginal ring, patch Alpha Medical, Hers, HeyDoctor, Lemonaid, Maven, Nurx, Pandia Health, Planned Parenthood Direct, Plushcare, PRJKT Ruby, the Pill Club, Simple Health, Twentyeight Health, Virtuwell
Emergency contraception Maven, Nurx, Pandia Health, PRJKT RUBY, The Pill Club, Virtuwell
Abortion Medication abortion Planned Parenthood, TelAbortion
STI Care STI testing (mail in self-collected samples vs. in-lab testing) Binx Health, I Want the Kit, Let’s Get Checked, myLAB box, Nurx, Everlywell, CheckMate, PersonaLabs, STD check, PlushCare, Virtuwell, Roman.
Treatment for select STIs
PrEP for HIV prevention PlushCare, Nurx
At-home HPV testing Nurx, Binx Health
Telemedicine assisted colposcopy Select research studies
Prenatal Care Prenatal care for low- and high-risk pregnancies University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Mayo Clinic, University of Utah, George Washington University (GWU)
At-home monitoring: blood pressure, fetal heart rate, fundal height, blood sugar UAMS, Mayo Clinic, BabyScripts (partnering with GWU, Penn Medicine, MedStar Health, UTHealth, Medical University of South Carolina, etc.)
Video consultation with specialists University of Pittsburgh
Obstetrics & Mental Health Prenatal OB-Psych care University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Postpartum depression care Chiron Health, Amwell
Men’s Sexual Health Treatment for erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation Roman
Sexual Assault Video consultation with forensic sexual assault nurse examiners Penn State SAFE-T center

KFF Analysis of Outpatient Telemedicine Utilization in Reproductive Health Care

Use of telemedicine in reproductive health care is minimal. KFF analyzed outpatient telemedicine utilization among individuals with large employer sponsored health plans, using the 2017 IBM Health Analytics MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database.

51,758,413 weighted claims were analyzed within the reproductive health categories of contraceptive management, medication abortion, prenatal care, and STI testing and treatment.

11,089 of these claims were delivered via telemedicine, meaning telemedicine services accounted for just 0.02% of all reproductive health claims.

1 Within telemedicine claims for reproductive health, visits for contraceptive management were the most common (65%), followed by prenatal care (21%) and STI services (17%). Use of telemedicine for medication abortion was minimal (

Source: https://www.kff.org/report-section/telemedicine-in-sexual-and-reproductive-health-issue-brief/

HIV/STD Clinic (17th Street Testing, Treatment and Care)

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Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Closed: January 1 and 20, February 12 and 17, May 25,  June 2, September 7, October 12, November 11, 26 and 27, and December 25, 2020 Quick Check Appointments are temporarily closed as of 3/17/2020.
Appointments preferred: Clinic may close early when capacity is met so appointments are preferred
Phone: STD Clinic (714) 834-8787 HIV Care Clinic (714) 834-7991Partner Services (714) 834-7784
Address: Orange County Health Care Agency Clinic 1725 West 17th Street, 101F, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Directions and Parking: Cross streets are 17th Street and College. Parking is available in the front of the building on 17th Street. Map and driving directions to the STD/HIV Care Clinic. OCTA Bus route 60 runs directly in front of the building.

 

This fact sheet from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  is designed specifically for people living with HIV and provides information on how you can protect yourself.
CDPH Fact Sheet as of 3/16/2020

 

What services are offered at the STD Clinic (17th Testing and Treatment)?

STD Clinic (17th Street Testing and Treatment) at the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) offers testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV testing.

  • Testing and treatment for most STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia
  • HIV testing
  • Information and education on STD/HIV prevention and treatment
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for uninsured patients
  • PEP (Post-Exposure Prevention) for uninsured patients
  • Free condoms and lube
  • HIV Partner Services (PS)

For information about our HIV outpatient medical care services, please visit our HIV Care Clinic webpage.

What do I need to know before my visit?

Your visit is confidential. We want to make sure you get the right type of care that you need. So, it is important to clearly and honestly communicate the reason for your visit. Our staff is specially trained to provide STD/HIV testing and treatment.

Appointments and Walk-ins

  • We prefer that you make an appointment to be seen. The Clinic may close early when capacity is met.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to allow for check in.
  • If you arrive 15 minutes late for your appointment time, you may not be seen.
  • Walk-in patients will be screened to determine if a same day visit is necessary or if you need to be scheduled to return for a future appointment.
  • Wait time for walk in patients can vary depending on number of patients scheduled. On average, you can expect to wait 3 hours.

Hours

  • Some services are not available during lunch. Lunch hours are Monday – Friday from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
  • The clinic may close early if the maximum number of patients is reached for the day.

Quick Check Appointments – Due to the COVID-19 concerns, Quick Check Appointments are temporarily unavailable as of 3/17/2020, until further notice.

Quick Check Flyer (PDF)

If you are eligible for Quick Check, you can come to the clinic on Thursday afternoons after 1:30pm. Quick Check is a walk-in only service for clients who have visited 17th St. Testing, Treatment and Care before.

Quick Check appointments are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. You can print and complete the Quick Check CAQ, which is needed for your visit by clicking here. Fill out the Quick Check CAQ before you arrive to reduce registration time.

The Quick Check CAQ is also available in Spanish here.

What do I need to bring with me to my visit?

Please complete the registration and client assessment questionnaire forms to bring to your visit. Bringing the filled out forms to your visit will help decrease check-in time.

 What happens when I get tested for STDs?

STD testing is quick, easy, and it usually doesn't hurt. There's not a single test for all STDs – each STD has its own test. Our healthcare providers can help you figure out which tests you need. STD testing may include:

  • A urine test – you just pee into a cup.
  • A blood test – a nurse takes blood from your arm or does a quick finger stick.
  • A physical exam – a healthcare provider looks at your skin, throat, and genital area to check for warts, sores, rashes, irritation, or discharge.
  • Testing your sores – a healthcare provider takes a sample of fluid from any sores or blisters you have with a swab.
  • Swabs – a healthcare provider uses a swab to gently take discharge or cell samples from your penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus, or throat or you may be given the option to swab yourself.

You can get tested for most STDs whether or not you have any symptoms. Some STDs look and act a, so you might be tested for a few different infections. Our healthcare providers may be able to tell right away if you have an STD, but some tests take seven (7) days or weeks to come back from a lab.

We will call you if any of your STD test results come back abnormal – no news is good news. You also have the option to check your results online using the paper that was given to you at your STD exam visit.

Where can I see my STD or HIV test results?

  • When it comes to HIV results, no news is good news. If we need to contact you, make sure we have a good phone number and address to reach you at when checking in.
  • Calls for HIV results may come from multiple staff within our clinic, including medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, and public health investigators.
  • If we need to contact you about HIV results, expect a call about seven (7) days after your visit.

View your STD Results

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions for Online STD results

What is PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)?

The clinic offers pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) education and referrals for HIV negative persons who are either men who have sex with men, transgender women, bisexual, or who share drug equipment.

PrEP medical services are available for uninsured persons.

If you are interested in PrEP and do not have medical insurance, please complete the following application and bring it with you to your next clinic visit:

  • PrEP Application Form – English  If you would to schedule an appointment to get started on PrEP or if you have any PrEP-related questions, please call: (714) 834-PREP (7737).

Contact Information

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Provides drugs to HIV individuals who cannot afford them. (714) 834-8456
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Medication to prevent HIV for individuals who are HIV-negative. (714) 834-PrEP (714) 834-7737
STD/HIV Partner Services Provides help letting your partner(s) know they may have been exposed to an STD or HIV. (714) 834-PS4U (714) 834-7748
HIV/AIDS Planning Council (HPC) Help develop and guide HIV planning activities in Orange County. (714) 834-8711

Safely Using Sharps: What to Do If You Are Accidently Stuck By a Used Needle or Other Sharp

If you are accidently stuck by another person's used needle or other sharp:

  1. Wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention by calling your physician or local hospital.

Follow these same instructions if you get blood or other bodily fluids in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your skin.

  • For more information on Safely Using Sharps: click here.

Page Last Updated: March 24, 2020

Source: http://ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/special

STD Clinic and Field Services | Florida Department of Health

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Clinical services are provided in strict confidence and are available to anyone who seeks care for the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Clinic sites in each Florida County offer STD services on a reasonable and/or no cost basis to adults and adolescents, regardless of their citizenship status.

All clients, including adolescents are assured confidential STD clinical services by Florida Law.

Clinical services for STDs include: health history and risk assessment, physical examination, STD testing as indicated, treatment and counseling. HIV testing is offered. You will be asked to return to the clinic for test results.

If, at the time of your visit, the clinic doctor or nurse practitioner diagnoses that you have an STD, you will be provided treatment during the visit, or given a prescription to purchase treatment at a pharmacy.

Trained counselors will talk with you about reducing your risk for getting STDs and how to prevent infections from spreading to your partners.

The STD field services component of the Florida Department of Health is an essential link between clinic services and persons who are either infected, and/or at risk for acquiring a sexually transmitted disease.

The organizational structure of the field services component includes nearly 138 highly trained Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), supervisors and managers, who are assigned to one of 15 area STD control programs around the state.

These staffs provide confidential counseling, testing and treatment for persons either diagnosed with or exposed to an STD.

Clients who are diagnosed with an STD are also offered partner services that allow for the notification, screening and treatment of their sex or needle sharing partners; partner referral services, conducted by professional DIS, results in greater confidentiality for clients and their partners, as well as providing more effective notification and treatment methodologies. This service is provided to clients on a voluntary basis and is strictly confidential.

Field service staff provides individualized and group education to thousands of Florida residents each year. The field staff offers STD education at local county health departments, schools, juvenile detention centers, community health fairs, local jails, teen centers, homeless shelters and other locations throughout the state.

Florida's STD field staff serves as the front line of defense for intervening in the spread of STDs. Field outreach activities include: notifying persons who have been exposed to an STD; facilitating counseling; screening and treatment for those partners; and conducting organized community outreach screenings for syphilis and HIV, reaching thousands at risk residents annually.

The field staff is also responsible for verifying the diagnosis and treatment of all reportable STDs from public and private health care providers, over 100,000 reports annually. Following verification of diagnosis and treatment, the county health department-based DIS offer counseling and partner referral services to those individuals involved in the case.

Source: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases/std-clinic-field.html

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