STD PCHD Abstract Summary
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) functions as the state’s public health authority. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Strengthening STD Prevention and Control for Health Departments (STD PCHD) will provide an opportunity for a deeper implementation and/or intensification of South Carolina’s strategies (and performance areas) relating to short, intermediate and longer-term activities and interventions based on current epidemiology to strengthen the STD prevention program. Activities will continue and/or be developed to address required and relevant prevention and control of three major STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. With CDC guidance, funds will be used to acquire and develop resources needed to eliminate congenital syphilis; prevent antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea; reduce primary and secondary syphilis; prevent STD-related pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and infertility; address STD- related outbreaks, and reduce STD-related health disparities.
As the state’s public health authority, SC DHEC offers a broad spectrum of STD services embracing technology, science, best practices, data sharing, education and other interventions along the continuum of its role and responsibilities. Additionally, SC DHEC collaborates with a variety of stakeholder entities to provide partnerships and resource pooling to obtain desired outputs or outcomes related to STD screening, diagnosing and treatments.
The core public health functions listed in the NOFO will be continued and expanded:
¿ Conducting Surveillance - to improve completion and timeliness of data on reportable STDs.
¿ Conducting Disease Investigation and Disease Intervention - to increase the identification of cases and exposed/at-risk partners and to increase the identification of persons living with HIV.
¿ Promoting CDC-recommended Screening - by increased screening for STDs, use of recommended, timely treatments, and identification of undiagnosed persons living with HIV, diagnosis and linkage to care.
¿ Promoting STD Prevention and Policy Improvements - by improving health department policies for STD prevention and control.
¿ Analyzing and Using Data for Program Improvement - to more efficiently identify priorities and provide resources and services by STD programs.
Based on current South Carolina epi-data there is synergy in the identification of impacted or targeted populations. Therefore, primary populations for intervention activities during this NOFO timeframe, unless future data suggest otherwise, include preventing STDs (and HIV) and related sequelae in the following priority populations:
¿ Adolescents and young adults
¿ Men who have sex with men (MSMs)
¿ Pregnant women