The Mission of the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) / HIV Section is to stop the spread of STIs and HIV in Kansas.
The Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention works in collaboration with local health departments and other healthcare providers to intervene in the spread of infectious diseases. We are Kansans helping Kansans prevent diseases that can cause disability and death, like TB, vaccine-preventable diseases, and sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).
The Kansas STI/HIV Care Program strives to meet the health care needs of Kansans living with HIV by providing services to help establish and retain individuals in medical care.
The Disease Intervention Program intervenes in the spread of STIs by assisting with treatment and notifying partners of infected individuals of their exposure to these infections. The Disease Intervention Program focuses on gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV, but also provides some follow-up with chlamydia. Through Partner Services (PS), we talk with patients who are infected and identify others who are in need of testing and treatment of these infections. We educate both patients and providers about STIs and the most up-to-date and prevention. The 11 disease investigators (Disease Intervention Specialists) in Kansas also work to change individual patient risk behavior through evidence interventions, with the goal of reducing the amount of disease in Kansas.
The STI/HIV Prevention Program supports HIV prevention activities in the following program areas: STI/HIV Testing, Prevention with Positives, Condom Distribution, Policy Initiatives, Jurisdictional Planning, Technical Assistance, and Capacity Building, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
The STI/HIV Surveillance Program monitors HIV/AIDS, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea case counts and rates across Kansas to observe, predict, and react to outbreaks. Surveillance data is routinely utilized to focus prevention and education efforts throughout the state.