Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, result in excessive morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, particularly among women, adolescents, newborns, and men who have sex with men (MSM).
STD Prevention Program
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, result in excessive morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs, particularly among women, adolescents, newborns, and men who have sex with men (MSM). The goal of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) STD Prevention Program is to prevent and control STDs. Six essential elements utilized in this effort include:
community and individual behavior change
quality assurance of medical and laboratory services
According to the Ohio Administrative Codes 3701-3-03 and 3701-3-04, cases of STDs are reportable by laboratories and healthcare providers to local health departments. Action is taken to ensure appropriate care and provide rapid follow-up for priority cases. These reports are then forwarded to ODH. Based on these reports, resources are targeted to the areas of greatest need.
Routine testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are offered to many high-risk patients seen by local health departments, private medical facilities, or other venues. The early treatment afforded to infected patients and their sex partners avoids the higher costs associated with the management of complications and prevents the spread of infection. The STD Prevention Program supports chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphlis screening with federal funds.
The STD Prevention Program supplies medications at no charge for the treatment of STDs to eligible clinics that provide STD screening. The availability of medications is dependent upon funding through state and federal funds. STD medications are supplied to participating healthcare providers with the intention of ensuring that clients who cannot afford medication receive treatment for an STD. All treatment regimens must meet recommended guidelines published in the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Treatment Guidelines.
Interviewing and Case Finding
The ODH STD Prevention Program staff supplement local Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) in case management activities. Persons found infected with priority STDs and HIV are provided pertinent medical information regarding their infection, interviewed, and assisted with referral of their partners for appropriate examination and treatment; the end result being reduced transmission of infection.
Prevention and Education
The STD Prevention Program's prevention efforts complement those activities conducted by local public health departments, and other healthcare providers. Educational materials, condoms, statistical summaries, program and treatment guidelines, and other requested technical assistance are regularly provided by the STD Prevention Program.
Are you at risk for STDs?
Are you currently in a relationship in which neither you nor your partner have been tested for STDs?
Have you had any form of sex without using a condom?
Have you had sex with someone who has had sex with someone other than you?
Are you a man who has sex with other men?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you should be tested for STDs. You can call 1-800-332-2437 or visit your local health department for more information.
Information on STDs
Disease names link to CDC case definition if nationally notifiable.
InSPOT.org is an online anonymous partner notification system. Users can go to inSPOT.org and select e-cards that enable them to anonymously notify partners of their infection. The website also provides information on testing sites across the state.
For additional information you may contact the STD Prevention Program:
Ohio Department of Health
STD Prevention Program
246 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 995-5599
Fax: (614) 387-2602
This site contains STD prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Ohio Department of Health.