Rutgers University STD Study Involves 3 Florida County Health Departments

Rutgers University STD Study Involves 3 Florida County Health Departments

Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty is lead­ing a three-year study look­ing at how to bet­ter STD screen­ing and treat­ment in peo­ple who have or are at risk for an HIV infec­tion. And, the Orange Coun­ty Flori­da Depart­ment of Health as well as the Bay and Alachua Coun­ty Health Depart­ments are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the study.

STD Pro­gram Man­ag­er Willie Brown said the Orange Coun­ty-DOH is excit­ed to have been cho­sen by Rut­gers as a study par­tic­i­pant, and the infor­ma­tion attained from it will help the coun­ty health depart­ment to improve edu­ca­tion strate­gies, pre­ven­tion meth­ods and encour­ages clients to be proac­tive in their own health care.

The involved health depart­ments will look into how effec­tive peer-led HIV test­ing inter­ven­tions are and the reten­tion of cas­es. It will also look at how use­ful the Com­put­er Assist­ed Self-Inter­view is in deter­min­ing STD risk assessment.

All patient infor­ma­tion remains confidential.

Accord­ing to health depart­ment offi­cials, the study is nec­es­sary espe­cial­ly now. The num­bers of Orange Coun­ty STD and HIV cas­es has risen. In 2016, there were 458 cas­es of HIV, but in 2017, that num­ber increased to 512.

There was also an increase in STD infec­tion rates. Chlamy­dia saw a 14 per­cent increase – just over 9,500 cas­es. Gon­or­rhea cas­es increased 25 per­cent to a lit­tle more than 3,100.

The Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion fund­ed the grant for the study. The Orange Coun­ty health depart­ment will get $250,000 a year to car­ry out the trial.


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