Partner Services

Partner Services are a broad array of services that should be offered to persons with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their sexual or needle-sharing partners.  A key resource for disease intervention specialists (DIS) and other partner services providers is the Passport to Partner Services national curriculum.

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About Partner Services

Partner Services are a broad array of services that should be offered to persons with HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and their sexual or needle-sharing partners. By identifying infected persons, confidentially notifying their partners of their possible exposure, and providing infected persons and their partners a range of medical, prevention, and psychosocial services, Partner Services can improve the health not only of individuals, but of communities as well.

CDC strongly recommends that all persons with newly diagnosed or reported HIV infection or early syphilis receive Partner Services with active health department involvement. Persons diagnosed with gonorrhea or chlamydial infection are also suitable candidates for Partner Services; however, disease burden and resource limitations may prevent direct health department involvement.

Core Elements

The following serve as the foundation for providing Partner Services:

  • Client centered.
  • Confidential.
  • Voluntary and non-coercive.
  • Free.
  • Evidence based.
  • Culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate.
  • Accessible and available to all.
  • Comprehensive and integrative.

Partner Services Training

The Disease Intervention Services Training Center (DISTC)external icon is a collaboration of CDC-funded training centers, with a focus on providing standardized national training and decision-making tools to disease intervention specialists providing Partner Services in health departments and other related settings. Three training centers work closely with CDC to conduct needs assessment, evaluation, and training:

Passport to Partner Services

Passport to Partner Services is a national curriculum that provides training for disease intervention specialists (DIS) and other Partner Services providers. The Passport to Partner Services training is available in several different tracks:

Passport Track A

Passport Tracks B, C, and D

  • Multiple online modules plus 3- or 5-day instructor-led course
  • Audience: New Partner Services Providers
  • Track B: Partner Elicitation and/or Notification primarily for HIV 13 sequenced online modules followed by a 3-day classroom training.
  • Track C: Partner Elicitation and/or Notification and Referral for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV, and Syphilis (excluding case management and VCA) 13 sequenced online modules followed by a 3-day classroom training.
  • Track D: Partner Elicitation and/or Notification and Referral for All Diseases, including Syphilis Case Management and Visual Case Analysis (VCA). 14 sequenced online modules (plus an optional LOT system) followed by a 5-day classroom training.
  • To Register: Go to Passport to Partner Servicesexternal icon and click on the link to “Get a Course ID.” Fill out and submit the course interest form. Your regional DISTC will contact you and match you to a training track and specific classroom training date/location. Supervisors can also initiate registration for multiple trainees.
  • For training tracks B, C, and D, you may also contact your regional DISTCexternal icon to initiate registration. If you know which training session you would like to attend, please mention this to the Center staff so that they can assist you.

Please register before the “Online Module Start Date” indicated on the Training Scheduleexternal icon. You must complete the online modules before the classroom training begins.

Passport Individual Course Option

  • Allows you to browse all the available online modules.
  • Audience: Veteran Partner Services Providers wanting refresher training, or those interested primarily in the Disease Concepts content, formerly known as CDC’s Employee Development Guide (EDG).
  • Registration: Go to Learn Partner Servicesexternal icon and select “Register for the Browse Track.”

Implementation and Marketing Materials

Materials and resources that support the implementation of Partner Services are coming soon.