National Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) Recognition Day!!
Please join the Maryland Department of Health in recognizing and thanking Maryland’s Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS)! The 10th annual National DIS Recognition Day, last Friday, October 1st, honors the several thousand federal, state, and local DIS across the country for their vital role in preventing infectious diseases and protecting our communities.
DIS may also be known as contact tracers, public health investigators, and more. DIS have served on the front lines responding to global outbreaks like Ebola, Zika, and now COVID-19. Their specialized training, approach to disease prevention and control, and “on-the-ground” investigation skills are put to use daily contacting persons newly diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STI), HIV, tuberculosis, and/or hepatitis.
Whether you work in a state or local health department, community-based organization or health center, an academic setting, hospital, or private practice, you may hear from DIS as they conduct case investigations and provide partner services. Take a moment to join us in thanking them for their dedication to public health and Maryland!
Learn more about Partner Services here.
For a list of local health departments and contact information, visit the MDH Center for STI Prevention’s page.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) affect millions of Americans each year. According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surveillance report, combined cases of reportable STIs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are at an all-time high in the United States. Maryland also saw an increase in STIs for the fifth year in a row. STIs are a threat to individual and public health as they can cause serious, costly, and life-long health problems.
On this website, you will find information and resources on STIs including prevention, testing, and treatment. Information and resources for health care professionals and local health departments are also available, including state and local data. Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many sexual health care services may not be available, may be limited, or offices may be closed. Call ahead to find out if, and where, sexual health services are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provider Alert: Syphilis in Maryland (March 2020)
Need more information or can’t find something?
Maryland Department of Health
Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau
Center for STI Prevention
500 N. Calvert Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202