sexually transmitted disease program - Vermont Department of Health

Information for Providers and Clinicians

Vermont's Sexually-Transmitted Disease (STD) Control and Prevention Project operates through a federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These funds provide diagnostic, treatment and epidemiological services for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.

Clinical services are administered through contracts with private health care providers and family planning clinics located throughout Vermont. These services include testing, treatment, partner notification, and disease investigation activities on high priority cases for residents in all geographic regions of the state.

Health care providers may obtain medications for the treatment of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis free of charge as well as accessing the expertise of our Infectious Disease medical consultant through the program.

Treatment Guidelines

CDC Treatment Guidelines
Recommendations and resources for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

EPT is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to his/her partner without the health care provider first examining the partner. (Source: CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control has stated in its 2010 STD treatment guidelines: Sex partners of patients with T. vaginalis should be treated. Patients should be instructed to abstain from sex until they and their sex partners are cured (i.e., when therapy has been completed and patient and partner[s] are asymptomatic). Existing data suggest that patient-delivered partner therapy might have a role in partner management for trichomoniasis; however, no one partner management intervention has shown superiority over another in reducing reinfection rates.

Additional Resources

National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers
The National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers (PTCs) is a CDC-funded group of regional centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs work to increase the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. The National Network offers a spectrum of state-of-the-art educational opportunities, including experiential learning with an emphasis on prevention.

Region I Infertility Prevention Project
General information about the National Infertility Prevention Project (IPP), with specific information and data for Region I: New England. Includes research, testing, treatments, and related links about chlamydia.

The Practitioner’s Handbook
The handbook is designed to assist practitioners in primary health care, family medicine, emergency medicine, and other specialties in the optimal management of patients with STDs and their partners.

Data and Statistics (CDC)

Reported cases of STDs in Vermont (1999-2004)

For more information

STD Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
P.O. Box 70 , Drawer HAST-41
Burlington , VT 05402
Tel. 802-863-7245

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