HIV/STD Field Services

Partner Services, HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Services

The primary goal of the Bureau of HIV/STD Field Services is to prevent and reduce the incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Critical to achieving this goal is the delivery of a broad array of disease prevention services by Department of Health (DOH) staff including education, disease screening, case investigation, patient interview, partner notification, risk reduction counseling, referrals to care, and condom distribution. Utilizing the surveillance system, cases of HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are assigned to DOH staff for the purpose of disease intervention, case management and ensuring linkage to care, treatment, and partner services.  Partner services is an evidence-based intervention that has been successful in identifying persons unaware of their HIV or STD status and reducing disease transmission.

Field staff offer free confidential and anonymous HIV disease screening, risk reduction counseling and condoms for community members at high risk seeking public health services. HIV testing and linkage to care is a key intervention offered through HIV partner services to assist partners of HIV-positive individuals in learning their HIV status and accessing HIV medical care, PrEP and other needed services.  Anonymous HIV counseling, testing and partner services are also provided for those in custody of the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Services.

DOH partner services staff offer expanded partner services to patients and their health care providers by assisting newly diagnosed and previously diagnosed individuals who have fallen out of care to engage in medical care and other services.  Partner services staff also provide ongoing partner services to people living with HIV who acquire new STDs.  Partner services staff utilize behavioral interventions and conduct outreach to re-engage HIV positive individuals in primary HIV care.

DOH partner services staff are located in six regional offices statewide and coordinate with local county public health departments to ensure individuals diagnosed with HIV or STDs receive disease intervention services.

In addition, the Bureau of HIV/STD Field Services contracts with 11 local county health departments for disease intervention and partner services.

Contact:

April Richardson-Moore
Director, Bureau of HIV/STD Field Services
Division of HIV/STD Epidemiology, Evaluation and Partner Services
(518) 474-3671
april.richardson-moore@health.ny.gov

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Expanded Testing and Linkage Services

The purpose of the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care project is to expand HIV testing for populations disproportionately affected by HIV: African Americans, Hispanics, gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM), and persons who inject drugs, primarily in health care settings.  The project goal is to increase the number of persons who receive HIV testing, and the number and proportion of persons who are HIV positive who are aware of their status by providing routine HIV screening in hospitals, focusing efforts on emergency department (ED) testing. Project goals include ensuring that persons testing positive (new positives and previously diagnosed positives not in care) receive HIV test results, prevention counseling and linkage to medical care, Partner Services, and HIV prevention services. The expanded HIV testing project is consistent with CDC’s 2006 Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings, and aligns with the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
 
The AI Expanded HIV Testing Project is a Partnership Model demonstrating a collaborative effort between external stakeholders and the Department of Health aimed at providing local assistance in carrying out institutional assessments of the HIV testing process, capacity building and technical assistance by champion hospitals, establishment of collaborative learning networks and a Continuous Quality Improvement approach to implement NYS and CDC HIV testing recommendations to increase HIV testing in hospitals, EDs and Urgent Care facilities in targeted areas.

Contact:

April Richardson-Moore
Director, Bureau of HIV/STD Field Services
Division of HIV/STD Epidemiology, Evaluation and Partner Services
(518) 474-3671
april.richardson-moore@health.ny.gov

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Data to Care

Some individuals diagnosed with HIV experience barriers to regularly accessing medical care or adhering to treatment. Adherence to HIV treatment lowers the patient’s viral load, leading to better health outcomes and reducing the likelihood of transmission. Data to Care (DTC) projects bring together a range of partners—public health officers, managed care organizations, criminal justice professionals, community health centers, community-based organizations—to ensure every New Yorker diagnosed with HIV has facilitated access to medical care.

Through innovative health informatics techniques, the AIDS Institute leverages reported surveillance data to identify individuals diagnosed with HIV who have no laboratory evidence of having received recent medical care. The AIDS Institute then facilitates scientifically proven, cost-effective, and scalable interventions to help patients re-engage with care, test and treat partners, and deliver risk reduction counseling and prevention supplies. This approach enhances the impact of HIV and STD prevention efforts in New York State, and it is an essential step in achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Governor’s Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS.

Contact:

James M. Tesoriero, PhD
Division of HIV/STD Epidemiology, Evaluation, and Partner Services
(518) 474-7238
James.tesoriero@health.ny.gov

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