Integrated HIV Surveillance and Prevention Programs for Health Departments
Mississippi State Department of Health
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Office of STD/HIV (the Program) serves the people of Mississippi by administering programs and conducting activities related to HIV Prevention and Surveillance. Mississippi is a rural state and the population the STD/HIV Program serves tend to be economically disadvantaged minorities. 80% of new diagnoses in 2015 were African American. The Jackson MSA is the epicenter of HIV infection in Mississippi and had the 4th largest number of new diagnoses in the nation in 2016. Among residents diagnosed and living with HIV in 2014, only 38% were engaged in continuous medical care in 2015 and 36% were virally suppressed.
The Program provides surveillance activities, testing, and partner services. The Program uses CDC funding to support testing in MSDH county clinics and the Public Health Laboratory. CDC funding supports the efforts of Disease Intervention Specialists as well as the only integrated STD/HIV clinic in the state, Five Points Clinic. The Program also works with community partners to provide testing, condom distribution, and evidence based interventions. This partnership will be expanded to include PrEP education and referrals.
Using funds from PS18-1802 the Program intends to use surveillance data to better allocate prevention resources throughout the state according to prevalence. This includes rapid response to identified HIV clusters and outbreaks. The Program will also develop capacity in evaluation and continuous quality improvement. Electronic laboratory reporting will be expanded and data systems integration will be further refined.