STD Prevention Programs
Essential Access Health works in close partnership with the California STD Control Branch, Los Angeles County Division of HIV/STD Programs, county health departments, and providers to implement best practices in STD prevention and case management statewide. Through innovative program design and project management, Essential Access Health provides support to a variety of stakeholders and community partners sharing a common goal of reducing the spread of STDs throughout California. The primary focus of Essential Access Health's STD Programs is the prevention of chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV and HIV.
Essential Access Health provides training, conducts site-visits and creates and shares resources to ensure that California providers know current STD screening and treatment guidelines and meet federal data collection requirements. Essential Access Health also provides additional educational tools to guarantee Californians have access to the information they need to prevent STDs.
Patient Delivered Partner Therapy
Essential Access Health works to provide free chlamydia and gonorrhea medication to eligible clinic sites and local health jurisdictions (LHJs) serving uninsured and/or underinsured populations in the state of California through the Chlamydia/Gonorrhea (CT/GC) Patient-Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT) Distribution Program. Participating clinic sites and LHJs dispense the free medication to patients that test positive for CT/GC to give to their partners for treatment to prevent further transmission, if their partners are unable or unlikely to seek care at a health facility.
Did you know?
- Young people age 15-24 acquire nearly HALF of all new STDs.
- In 2016, there were nearly 200,000 cases of chlamydia in California.
- Chlamydia rates in young women aged 15-24 are more than five times the rate in women overall.
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea are easily preventable, but if left untreated can lead to serious damage to a woman’s reproductive organs.
- Direct medical costs associated with STDs in California alone, are estimated to cost taxpayers approximately $1 billion.