About the STD Program
Our Mission: To prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases in partnership with the communities of Los Angeles County. To accomplish our mission, the STD Program is committed to the following objectives:
- Epidemiological surveillance of STDs in Los Angeles County.
- The development and implementation of programs to promote safer sexual behaviors with populations in "at-risk" situations, in collaboration with healthcare providers, community-based organizations, and community members. These programs include case management and partner services, community outreach services, community interventions, health campaigns, health education, and health provider training.
- The implementation of research projects to inform the design of programs and policies and evaluate their effectiveness in the community.
Our Vision: A sexually healthy Los Angeles County.
With over 135 staff, the STD Program is organized into eight divisions: EPIDEMIOLOGY; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; CLINICAL SERVICES AND NURSING; FIELD SERVICES; QUALITY ASSURANCE AND SPECIAL PROJECTS; OUTREACH, RESEARCH, COMMUNICATIONS AND ASSESSMENT; POLICY, PLANNING AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS; and ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES.
Core program activities include STD surveillance; prevalence monitoring and epidemiological analysis; community-based awareness and education; professional education, training, and medical consultation; patient education and partner counseling; quality assurance and program evaluation; and research and policy analysis/development for key STD control areas, including access to care, diagnosis and treatment, quality of care, and partner services and notification.
Below are descriptions of current services:
The Nursing and Clinical Unit provides consultation and education to clinicians and other health care providers in the public and private sectors on the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and referral of patients with STDs. Other services provided include syphilis case record search and referrals. For more information call (213) 744-3106. STD Record Search/Provider Case Consultation available M-F 8am-5pm.
The Health Education Unit works to increase the capacity of individuals, organizations and the community to prevent STDs, limit adverse physical and psychosocial consequences, and promote general sexual health. The unit provides free educational materials, conducts presentations and workshops for communities and professional staff, provides condoms to nonprofit agencies, and operates a 24-hour toll free STD hotline at 1-800-758-0880. Callers may receive clinic referrals, disease information, counseling, and free condoms through the mail. The hotline is automated 24/7; live health educators are available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) Unit notifies HIV positive individuals of their status and assists with linkages to health care and other social services. PCRS also assists HIV positive individuals with informing their sex partners through dual counseling or anonymously. Training is provided to health care providers and counselors in performing counseling and referral services for their clients. The PCRS unit can be reached directly at (213)-744-3367.
The Epidemiology Unit contributes towards the control of reportable sexually transmitted diseases in Los Angeles County by the continuous scrutiny of all pertinent aspects of occurrence and spread of STDs in Los Angeles County. To achieve this, it analyzes STD passive surveillance data and other new and existing data to detect burden of disease, disparities, trends and patterns in STD morbidity in Los Angeles County. It also responds to requests for STD-related data from both public and private agencies and prepares reports for the CDC, California DHS, and local agencies. STD morbidity data for Los Angeles County and STD Annual Reports are available from the Division of Epidemiology. Call (213) 744-5966 for more information, or visit our reports section.