Partner Services is HIV/STD Prevention

Partner Services is a free health department program. It helps people diagnosed with the following sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • HIV and AIDS

These STDs, including HIV, are spread through sexual contact. HIV is also spread by sharing syringes (needles) and other drug works. If you have been diagnosed with an STD or HIV, you may have sex or needle-sharing partners who are infected. No matter how you got an STD/HIV, the right thing to do is to make sure that your partner(s) have the chance to get tested and get any treatment needed. Even if the person who infected you did not tell you or did not know of his/her status, you can make sure that your partner(s) are informed.

Partner Services works with people to plan the best way to notify their sex and needle-sharing partners about their exposure to an STD or HIV. Partner Services is voluntary and confidential.

Partner Services works best when partners are informed of their exposure as soon as possible. This helps quickly reduce spreading the infection to other people, from your partner to their other partners.

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What Partner Services does for you

After being told by a health care provider that you have an STD/HIV, you will be dealing with medication (treatment) and follow-up appointments. Something you might not think about is informing your past and current partners right away.

Partner Services staff can help you in many ways. For example, you can talk to a trained person (a Partner Services Specialist) about your STD/HIV, other medical information, how to reduce your risk, and how to notify your sex and/or needle-sharing partners. They will talk with you about your options, and help you to set up a plan for those partners who need to be notified and offered testing.

Your privacy and confidentiality

Your medical and personal information is always kept confidential. Using Partner Services is voluntary and private. If you choose to have the Partner Services Specialist talk with your partners, the Specialist will not share your name, sex, or any other personal information about you. They also will not tell the partners when they were exposed.