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

The national Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NDITC)external icon is a collaboration of CDC-funded training centers, with a focused on providing standardized national training and decision-making tools to disease intervention specialists (DIS) providing Partner Services in health departments and other related settings. The work of this new network is currently focused on developing and deploying the National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Training Programexternal icon to support public health systems through the United States as they mobilize to address COVID-19. However, all Passport to Partner Services web-based self-study modules remain available.

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 national Network of Disease Intervention Training Centers (NDITC)external icon is a collaboration of CDC-funded training centers focused on providing standardized national training and decision-making tools to disease intervention specialists (DIS) providing Partner Services in health departments and other related settings. The work of this new network is currently focused on developing and deploying the National COVID-19 Virtual Skills-Based Training Programexternal icon to support public health systems through the United States as they mobilize to address COVID-19. However, all Passport to Partner Services web-based self-study modules remain available.

Passport to Partner Services

Passport to Partner Services is a national curriculum that provides training for DIS and other Partner Services providers. All Passport to Partner Services modules are available on CDC TRAIN. To access these modules, log into CDC TRAIN and search “Passport to Partner Services” or enter course ID# 4299.  The instructor-led Passport to Partner Services course is not currently being offered.

To request technical assistance:

  1. CDC’s directly funded health department and CBO partners may request technical assistance by submitting a request in the CBA Tracking System.
  2. Organizations not directly funded by CDC may contact their local health department for assistance in submitting a request.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact DHAPCBB@cdc.gov.

Implementation and Marketing Materials

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