Why Is This Important?
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.
What We Do
The HIV/STD/Hepatitis Program funds and supports programs that help people at risk for STDs:
- learn how to protect themselves from acquiring STDS and prevent their spread
- access appropriate STD testing
- access and adhere to treatments that can reduce symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of transmission
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.
Who We Serve
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.
How We Impact
- Support programs that target those at highest risk with prevention information and supplies
- Perform patient follow-up to ensure treatment success
- Assist patients in voluntary partner notification and partner testing or therapy access
- Work with medical providers to ensure appropriate testing guidelines and treatment strategies are followed
- Work with medical providers to ensure to reduce barriers to successful patient treatment access