The mission of this program is to monitor the HIV epidemic in Kansas, analyze trends in infection, and provide accurate information for the planning of prevention and care activities. HIV case reports are sent directly to KDHE by doctors, hospitals, and laboratories. These reports are processed and cases are sent to CDC without names. This program is completely funded by the CDC.
Disease surveillance is a core public health function. HIV case trends are used in program planning both at KDHE and in local communities. For example, Ryan White Part B awards to state health departments are based on HIV case reports; so surveillance data impacts the State's ability to offer care services. Likewise, the amount of funding for HIV prevention services is, in part, determined by the number of documented cases in any particular region of the State. Regions showing a high incidence of HIV correspondingly receive funding to combat the spread of HIV through the implementation of interventions designed to circumvent the spread of infection.
The epidemiological profile of HIV cases in Kansas is also used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments, communities-based organizations, the general public, and University-based research departments.
The primary goal of this program is to monitor the course of HIV infection in Kansas by providing quality demographic data to all users. Being the sole provider of this data makes support for this program imperative.