Resources for Healthcare Providers

 

Health care providers can play a critical role in prevention by talking to patients about their sexual health; offering STI screening and treatment; and encouraging their patients to talk to their partners about prevention, screening and treatment.

National Screening and Treatment Guidelines

Provider Education & Training


Provider Tools

Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Resources for Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Patients

STI Hot Topics

ALERT: Ongoing Shortage of Bicillin-LA® (benzathine penicillin G) in the US

·        CDC guidance regarding shortage of Penicillin G benzathine

·        FDA Drug Shortage website

 

Gemifloxacin Shortage


  

Resources for Local Health Department Staff

LHD provider resources


 

Local Health Departments in Maryland 

Find Your Local Health Department



Reporting STIs to the Health Department

   
If you have a patient who recently tested positive for syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia infection, the state or local health department may contact your office for additional information. Such information may include, confirmatory test results or treatment type and date of administration.
 

HIPAA and Disease Reporting 

The HIPAA Privacy Rule permits physicians and other covered entities to disclose protected health information, without a patient's written authorization, to public health authorities who are legally authorized to receive such reports for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease. For more about the privacy rule and public health see:
 

·      http://www.dhmh.state.md.us/
hipaa/pdf/dhmh1.pdf

·      http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
preview/mmwrhtml/
su5201a1.htm