KYForward.com (Kentucky) (10.05.12)
Aids Weekly Plus
The first National Disease Intervention Specialist Recognition Day, on Friday October 5, honored those who work in HIV, STD, TB, and hepatitis programs. Kevin Hall, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department spokesman, praised Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) staff members who play a “crucial” public health role by “ensuring that anyone who has been infected or possibly exposed to an infection has been properly notified and treated,”
Through confidential Partner Services Interviews, DIS personnel work with persons diagnosed with an STD to address their fears about their diagnosis, treatment, counseling, and referral needs. Also, DIS staff identifies and contacts sexual partners to confidentially notify and inform them of their exposure and offer them counseling, testing, and treatment. This service “effectively protects public health and breaks the chain of disease transmission” in the 63 Kentucky counties covered by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s DIS team.