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Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention
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Health Issues - STD Program

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Provider STD Screening and Treatment Guidelines/ Protocols

CDC STD Treatment Guidelines - 2010 Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
These guidelines for the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were updated by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs who met in Atlanta on April 18-30, 2009. The information in this report updates the 2006 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (MMWR 2006;55[No. RR-11]).

Update to CDC's Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment 2010 Guidelines: Oral Cephalosporins No Longer a Recommended Treatment for Gonococcal Infections - MMWR August 10, 2012 (August 9, 2012) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

Model protocols and decision-making tools developed to guide the standard delivery of STD care to AI/AN. Tools were developed in collaboration with regional and tribal partners and supported through a grant provided by the National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC). The toolkit includes:

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to his/her partner without the health care provider first examining the partner.

School Screening Guidelines

School-based STD Screening Guidelines Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov [PDF]
The guide was developed to help communities in rural Indian Country? implement school-based chlamydia screening projects. Concrete examples from Indian Country where screening had been implemented or attempted are provided including many of the lessons learned.

Jail STD Screening Guidelines [PDF - 2.2MB]
STD screening is one of many critical public health services that must be provided to high-risk incarcerated populations. STD screening is an effective jail-based screening program that will benefit both the health of individual detainees and the greater community.

Resources

Literature [PDF - 126KB]
This list represents a wide range of literature and related resources that may be useful for those working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations. This board resource provides information on a variety of topics ranging from behavioral risk factors and adolescent health to social determinants of health and prevention interventions.

Other Links

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) STD/HIV Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is a tribally managed and operated nonprofit organization responsible for providing certain statewide health services for Alaska Natives. In an effort to reach at-risk youth, the ANTHC STD Program has developed a Native youth-focused STD prevention website: IKnowMine Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .
  • I Want The Kit Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    An internet-based STI intervention to promote education and testing developed by Johns Hopkins University and in collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department and the Region III Infertility Prevention Project (IPP). The project provides free and confidential chlamydia testing kits available by phone or online for residents of Alaska, Denver, CO, Maryland, West Virginia, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, D.C., and select counties of Illinois Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov .
  • Longhouse Media & Native Lens Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    Native Lens teaches digital filmmaking and media skills to indigenous youth as a form of self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. We believe in Native youth telling their own stories about life, culture, and community, and understand the power of this process to change peoples' lives. Native Lens is engaged in strong partnerships with multiple tribes and Native organizations/schools to offer on-going workshops to Native youth both on and off reservations.
  • National Coalition of STD Directors Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is a partnership of public health professionals dedicated to the prevention of STDs. NCSD provides dynamic leadership that strengthens STD Programs by advocating for effective policies, strategies, and sufficient resources and by increasing awareness of their medical and social impact.
  • National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    The National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) is a CDC-funded group of regional centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual and reproductive health.
  • Project Red Talon Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
    Project Red Talon provides STD training and program technical assistance to tribal medical providers, health professionals, and community health advocates while facilitating the implementation of STD prevention interventions and disseminates community outreach materials to NW tribes.


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