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The Sexually Transmitted Disease Program assists state, local, and community efforts to help prevent the spread of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis, and other STDs.
Confidentiality and surveillance
STD reports are strictly confidential. In Nebraska, as in most states, syphilis; gonorrhea; HIV/AIDS; and chlamydia are reported to the appropriate health department. Laboratories and health care providers provide the health department with information for controlling and preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Prompt reporting and accurate identification is important:
- for clients that may need treatment,
- for identifying sex partners who may be infected, and
- for monitoring disease trends.
Intervention and prevention activities
Health professionals interview infected people to identify, locate, and treat sex partners, to ensure proper treatment, and to provide information to help prevent reinfection.
Testing people who have no signs or symptoms of illness is important in the control of STDs. The Nebraska Infertility Prevention Program works with cooperating family planning and health care facilities throughout the state testing 30,000 persons per year for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Information and education
The program makes available the latest guidelines regarding sexually transmitted diseases and their diagnosis and treatment to Nebraska's STD health care providers. Information and educational materials and posters are distributed to screening sites and community agencies.