HIV, AIDS, STDs, and Hepatitis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the U.S. there are 20 million new STD infections each year at a cost to our healthcare system of nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs. STDs like HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and viral hepatitis are preventable. These infections can be identified in people at risk through appropriate testing. STDs are treatable, and some can be cured, reducing new infections.
The HIV/STD/Hepatitis Program funds and supports programs that help people at risk for STDs:
We work with medical providers to ensure that they are best able to perform appropriate STD testing and deliver the best treatment to their patients who are diagnosed with STDs.
We serve people at risk for STDs and those with an STD diagnosis. Our prevention, testing and treatment programs benefit them, their families and all Vermonters.