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HIV/STD Prevention & Care

June 27, 2013, is National HIV Testing Day - See a list of county-by-county free testing events in North Carolina (PDF, 546KB)

North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Care aims to:

  • Eliminate morbidity and mortality due to sexually transmitted diseases — syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV/AIDS; and
  • Assure that an up-to-date continuum of care services is available for all HIV-infected individuals residing in North Carolina.

North Carolina's HIV care and prevention needs and 2012 program plan are defined in the document: 2012 HIV Care and Prevention Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need, Needs Assessment, and Comprehensive Plan (PDF, 766KB)

Grant Opportunities

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch, AIDS Care Program has issued a Request for Applications for the HIV Patient Management Model Networks of Care. Application requirements, instructions and contact information are detailed in the following NCDHHS Request for Applications (RFA) document (RFA # A-285). Also posted are excel versions of the Ryan White and HOPWA application budget formats included in the RFA. The deadline for applications is August 19, 2013.

Clinical Services and Disease Intervention

To prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch supports free testing and treatment in many diverse settings, including community-based organizations and correctional facilities. The Branch also employs Disease Intervention Specialists (DISs) who provide partner services for HIV and syphilis. DIS activities are intended to intervene in the spread of disease through follow-up of individuals infected or exposed to HIV or syphilis in order to facilitate timely testing and treatment. Disease Intervention Specialists assist newly STD- and HIV-infected individuals with informing their partners of their status and encouraging those partners to seek counseling, testing, treatment and related prevention services. N.C. HIV/STD Prevention program staff also administer the STD/TB drug shipment program to assure availability of appropriate drugs for STD or TB treatment at no cost to all local health departments in North Carolina. (More information on the tuberculosis component of the drug shipment program for health departments is available in the N.C. Tuberculosis Policy Manual.)

The Role of Health Departments in STD Prevention

Local health departments are responsible for the direct delivery of free STD and HIV prevention and control services. These activities include providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology.

Education, Awareness and Professional Training

STD programs are responsible for educating the public on STDs, including the costs and consequences of the diseases and how to best prevent transmission. STD programs also help educate providers on best clinical practices, as well as helping to inform the decisions of policymakers. STD programs also collaborate with other state and local government agencies and departments, including: HIV/AIDS programs, family planning, Department of Public Instruction, and Department of Correction, to ensure that consistent and accurate STD information is incorporated into as many programs as appropriate. As a part of statewide community prevention planning efforts, the Division of Public Health also supports qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in health education and risk reduction (HE/RR) initiatives aimed at North Carolina's most at-risk populations.

For Additional Information

Contact the N.C. HIV/STD Prevention and Care Unit at:

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch

HIV/STD Prevention and Care Unit

1905 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1905

Telephone: 919-733-3419

Fax: 919-733-0490 / Secure Fax: 919-715-4699