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HIV and STI Prevention

Local health departments play an important role in the prevention and control of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). NACCHO's HIV and STI Prevention Program works to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to prevent, control, and manage HIV and STIs in their community by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, facilitating peer information exchange, and providing learning opportunities. More »

In the Spotlight

NACCHO’s HIV and STI Prevention Program is pleased to announce the release of the first module in its PrEP and Local Health Departments educational series. The series focuses on pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention and explores the potential roles for local health departments in delivering PrEP or supporting PrEP delivery as part of comprehensive HIV prevention programs.

Module 1: The Science of PrEP for HIV Prevention and the US Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for PrEP provides the foundational information for the series. The module, which includes three webcasts (pre-recorded lectures), a discussion guide, and supporting resources and tools answers the question “What is PrEP?” and looks at the science and research behind PrEP, who might benefit from PrEP, key messages and recommendations from the federal PrEP guidelines, and the role and potential for local public health as it relates to PrEP.

On October 15 NACCHO hosted a live webinar with series instructor Mark Thrun, MD, Director, HIV/STD Prevention and Control, Denver Public Health, Director, Denver Prevention Training Center, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Division of Infectious Diseases. The webinar provided a brief overview of the webcasts followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Thrun. The archived webinar is available here.

The remaining two modules in NACCHO’s educational series will be released in November and December, and will similarly be followed by live webinars. Visit NACCHO’s PrEP for HIV Prevention homepage for additional information.

  • Module 2: Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Assessing Benefit at a Population and Individual Level
  • Module 3: Thinking About Incorporating PrEP into Your HIV Prevention Programs? Examples and Models from Local Health Departments
NACCHO’s educational series about PrEP and comprehensive HIV prevention is supported by funding from Gilead Sciences, Inc. More »

Research Brief on Local Health Department Experiences Implementing High-Impact HIV Prevention

In summer 2013, NACCHO fielded a query to the HIV/STI Prevention Sentinel Network that assessed local health department (LHD) experiences implementing CDC's High Impact HIV Prevention (HIP) approach to reducing new HIV infections. The purpose of this query was to (1) assess LHDs' awareness of HIP; (2) better understand whether and how LHDs have changed their HIV prevention activities in response to HIP; and (3) identify technical assistance/training opportunities to better support LHDs' implementation of HIP in their communities. Click here to access the research brief.  

Meeting Summary Report: CDC/DSTDP National Partners Collaborative on Public Health and Primary Care Integration for STD Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention (DSTDP) National Partners Collaborative on Public Health and Primary Care Integration for STD Prevention (National Partners Collaborative) is comprised of NACCHO, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the National Coalition of STD Directors. DSTDP and the National Partners Collaborative work together to explore the concept of public health and primary care integration for improved prevention and treatment of STDs. In August 2013, the National Partners Collaborative convened 45 state and local public health and primary care leaders for a meeting to (1) identify, discuss, and examine strategies for integrating public health and primary care in the STD prevention and treatment settings and (2) learn from attendees about how to better support and align STD prevention, care, and treatment within the changing healthcare and public health landscapes. A summary report of the meeting is available here.