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The mission of this program is to intervene in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and reduce the complications of these diseases. The program provides technical and financial assistance to local STD programs for surveillance, case detection through screening, ensuring treatment of known cases, case follow-up, and education. Efforts are coordinated among health care providers screening for syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. Other important aspects of this program provide education and prevention counseling of persons impacted by STDs.
Recent CDC data for three nationally-reported STDs—Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—show staggering numbers, with cases of all three diseases increasing for the first time since 2006.
The good news? STDs are preventable! There are steps each of us can take to minimize the negative, long-term consequences of these infections. To prevent STDs, we need to know how to talk about them, when to test for them, and how to treat them.
Providers can email STD@isdh.in.gov for copies of the STD treatment guidelines
If you think you might have a STD:
Simple tests can show if you have a STD. DON'T WAIT!
If you think it will go away, think again! IT WON'T!
Most STDs can be treated with antibiotics; follow your doctor's direction and be sure to use all of your medicine.
Above all, your sex partner(s) must be told they have been exposed to an infection. If they are not treated, they can spread the disease, and you may get it again!
DON'T HAVE SEX UNTIL YOU HAVE A CHECKUP.
For additional information, call:
STI Resource Center Hotline
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST (Monday - Friday)
National Hotline at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), both English and Spanish:
1-888-232-6348 TTY Service for the Deaf
CDC-INFO’s operating hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern time (ET).
CDC-INFO is closed overnight (8:00 pm to 8:00 am, ET), Saturdays and Sundays, and on major federal holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day).