Partner services include a variety of related services that are offered to individuals infected with a HIV or an STD and their sexual or needle-sharing partners. The primary steps in the partner services process are as follows:
- Identify individuals who have recently been diagnosed with HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydial infection. These individuals can be identified by partner services programs through a variety of methods, such as disease reporting systems, referrals from STD clinics or counseling and testing sites, and referrals from private sector health-care providers.
- Contact the newly diagnosed individual to determine whether he or she has received the test results and understood them, whether he or she has received referrals to medical care and other needed social services, and whether he or she has accessed medical services, including treatment.
- Discuss the need for this individual to notify his or her sexual or needle-sharing partners about their possible exposure to HIV or another STD and offer partner services as a means of assisting the individual with such notifications.
- If the infected individual agrees to participate in partner services, interview him or her about partners he or she had within a defined period of time (the length of time differs for different STDs). The purpose of the interview is to assemble enough information about each partner to ensure that he or she can be located and notified of his or her exposure to an STD.
- Attempt to locate partners named in the interview and notify them of their exposure to an STD. Notification can be done by health department staff, non-health department professionals (for example, private clinicians), or the infected person.
- Counsel located partners about their exposure to infection and provide or refer them to testing, medical care, and other prevention or social services.
Partner Services Training & Program Support
The Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention and STD Prevention for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers – Partner Services and Program Support will be hosting duplicate webinars informing you of the new Passport to Partner Services national curriculum as described in the Dear Colleague Letter sent May 2, 2013 by Dr. Bolan and Dr. Mermin.
To learn which PTC serves your region, please view the Partner Services and Program Support - Part III PTC US Coverage Areas
. For additional information, please contact the PTC Coordinator for your area.