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HIV/STD Prevention & Care

North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Care aims to:

  • Eliminate morbidity and mortality due to sexually transmitted diseases — syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV/AIDS; and
  • Assure that an up-to-date continuum of care services is available for all people living with HIV residing in North Carolina.

HIV Prevention and Care

Cover Page of Plan to End the HIV Epidemic


Clinical Services and Disease Intervention

To prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch supports free testing and treatment in many diverse settings, including community-based organizations and correctional facilities. The Branch also employs Disease Intervention Specialists (DISs) who provide partner services for HIV and syphilis. DIS activities are intended to intervene in the spread of disease through follow-up of individuals infected or exposed to HIV or syphilis in order to facilitate timely testing and treatment. Disease Intervention Specialists assist newly STD- and HIV-infected individuals with informing their partners of their status and encouraging those partners to seek counseling, testing, treatment and related prevention services. N.C. HIV/STD Prevention program staff also administer the STD/TB drug shipment program to assure availability of appropriate drugs for STD or TB treatment at no cost to all local health departments in North Carolina. (More information on the tuberculosis component of the drug shipment program for health departments is available in the N.C. Tuberculosis Policy Manual.)

The Role of Health Departments in STD Prevention

Local health departments are responsible for the direct delivery of free STD and HIV prevention and control services. These activities include providing clinical services, education and awareness efforts and monitoring disease trends through surveillance and epidemiology.

Education, Awareness and Professional Training

STD programs are responsible for educating the public on STDs, including the costs and consequences of the diseases and how to best prevent transmission. STD programs also help educate providers on best clinical practices, as well as helping to inform the decisions of policymakers. STD programs also collaborate with other state and local government agencies and departments, including: HIV/AIDS programs, family planning, Department of Public Instruction, and Department of Correction, to ensure that consistent and accurate STD information is incorporated into as many programs as appropriate.

HIV/STD/Hepatitis Prevention and Care Unit Newsletters

The HIV/STD/Hepatitis Prevention and Care Unit has launched a quarterly newsletter as a method of sharing information with our partners. We plan to use this to inform you all about upcoming events, Communicable Disease Branch updates and programs, and to highlight best case practices from our partners. It will also be a place to hear from consumers who use prevention and care services from across the state.

HIV/STD/Hepatitis Program Memos

Recent program public health memos specifically about HIV, STDs and Hepatitis.

For Additional Information

Contact the N.C. HIV/STD Prevention and Care Unit at:

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch

HIV/STD Prevention and Care Unit

1905 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1905

Telephone: 919-733-3419

Fax: 919-733-0490 / Secure Fax: 919-715-4699