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.
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.
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.
patient information remains confidential.
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
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.