Center for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention (CSTIP)

Nearly half of all new STD cases occur in people aged 15 to 24. Photo of concerned young woman. 



The term Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) refers to any infections that can be spread through sexual contact and are also often referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These terms, STI and STD, can be used interchangeably.
The Center for STI Prevention focuses on three STIs that are reportable in Maryland: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B are also reportable infections, and are also sexually transmitted. For more information about HIV/AIDS and for more information about Hepatitis. For information on the signs and symptoms of other common STIs such as human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes simplex virus, and trichomoniasis.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention (CSTIP) is to prevent and reduce sexually transmitted infections in Maryland. Preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and their complications is essential for improving both sexual and reproductive health.

What We Do

CSTIP provides statewide disease surveillance; partner services; technical assistance and consultation; and training and education to local health departments and to public and private agencies and community partners throughout the state.


CSTIP epidemiologists conduct statewide surveillance and epidemiologic investigations of STIs through collaboration and consultation with local health departments. The center’s epidemiologists collect and organize data, analyze data on a timely basis to detect important disease trends, and disseminate these findings to local and state agencies to help inform prevention interventions. CSTIP monitors the reporting practices of laboratories and health care providers to assure prompt reporting of STIs.

Partner Services

Partner services are a broad range of services provided to people with STIs, including HIV, and their sexual or needle-sharing partners. Through partner services, sexual or needle-sharing partners of an infected person are notified about their possible exposure to an STI. The infected person and their partners are provided a range of medical, prevention, and counseling services – either directly or through referrals to other agencies. Partner services improve the health of individuals, their families and their communities. For more information, check out our page on Partner Services​.

Technical Assistance and Consultation

CSTIP provides consultation in planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention activities across the state for local health departments and other public and private agencies. CSTIP also provides on-site technical assistance to local health departments.

Training and Education

Training needs and skills development of local and state health department staff are assessed annually. In addition to the annual statewide STI conference for public health practitioners, CSTIP sponsors clinical trainings. Each April, during National STD Awareness Month, CSTIP co-hosts an annual webinar for public health and private practitioners nationwide with its training partners

How We Are Funded

The Center forSTIPrevention is supported through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State funding.

Contact Us

Maryland Department of Health
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau
Center for Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention
500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-767-6690