Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are known to increase the risk of HIV transmission and acquisition with risky sexual behaviors. Although the national incidence of HIV infection has decreased over recent years, the rates of common bacterial STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have not. In addition to increasing the risk of HIV transmission from a non-virally suppressed person with HIV, STIs are a continuing public health concern because of other associated morbidities and mortalities. Despite national recommendations for screening, testing, preventing and treating STIs in people with HIV or at-risk for HIV, gaps exist.
The purpose of the Improving STI Testing and Treatment among People with or at Risk for HIV project is to implement needs-based training, clinical and non-clinical interventions to improve screening, testing, and treatment of common bacterial STIs among low-income people with HIV or at-risk for HIV who are clients of HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and/or Bureau of Primary Health Care funded clinics or health centers. Nine clinical demonstration sites in 3 US jurisdictions, Florida, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, were selected to participate in this pilot demonstration project because of higher than national average incidences of gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.
Effective interventions identified through this project will be promoted in a STI screening, testing, and treatment toolkit for national use to assist in dissemination of successful interventions for long-term sustainability across the US.
For more information, please visit: https://targethiv.org/ta-org/sti-screening-treatment
|John A. Nelson, PhD, CNS, CPNP
Veronica Jones, MPH, CHES