Sexually Transmitted Disease
The mission of the STD section is to prevent
morbidity associated with sexually transmitted disease in Georgia by preventing
their complications. Utilizing surveillance information such as the Epidemiologic
Report and Annual Reports and by working with the public and private sectors,
the state STD Section plays a vital role in the planning and implementation of
STD related activities through the utilization of a comprehensive work plan. The
following meetings are used to develop the work plan that will guide these efforts
during the upcoming year.
STD Coordinators Meeting
STD Coordinators provide and/or coordinate services throughout the eighteen
public health districts
of Georgia. Their efforts are designed to decrease the prevalence of STDs and
HIV. Bi-annual meetings are held with these coordinators in an effort to enhance
their skills, increase their subject matter knowledge, and provide updates on
trends and treatment, and help develop a work plan for the State of Georgia
as it relates to STDs. Common areas that are identified through these meetings
- Current trends and developments in the field of STDs and how to apply this
pertinent new knowledge in the district.
- Updates on reporting and surveillance activities as required by the Division
of Public Health's Epidemiology and Prevention Branch (EPB).
- Documentation preparation of all communicable disease case investigations
occurring within the district.
- Case management services, e.g. home visits, clinic referrals, patient education/counseling,
etc. to patients with various communicable diseases.
- Diagnostic and therapeutic services for public health patients both in the
clinic and field setting.
IPP Regional Meeting
This annual IPP Region IV meeting is held to identify and develop a work plan
for the upcoming year for the Infertility Prevention Project. Utilizing national,
regional, and local epidemiology of Chlamydia, Region IV representatives congregate
to identify plans aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of Chlamydia
and gonorrhea and associated sequelae by teaching early detection through routine
screening. They work to define who is at risk and who should be screened for
Chlamydia based on current guidelines. They also receive updates on the need
for testing, screening criteria, risk reduction skills, laboratory technologies,
treatment options, and client interaction strategies. Region IV is comprised
of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North
Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.