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.
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.
The following serve as the foundation for providing Partner Services:
- Client centered.
- Voluntary and non-coercive.
- 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:
- AccessMattersexternal icon (Philadelphia, PA): AccessMatters monitors online module progress and administers post-course surveys of training participants. They are also developing an online course on academic detailing and other topics relevant to DIS professional development.
- California Disease Intervention Services Training Centerexternal icon (Long Beach, CA): Contact this center if you work in Alaska, America Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Website: http://californiaptc.com/disease-intervention-services/external icon
- Phone: 562-570-4085
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New York State STD/HIV Prevention Training Centerexternal icon (Albany, NY): Contact this Center if you work in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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
- Single online module
- Audience: Medical/Referring Providers Who Refer Patients to Partner Services (free CME, CHES, CNE credits available)
- Registration: New users access Partner Services for Medical Providers and Referring Providersexternal icon (dedicated website for this module only)
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.
On October 31, 2008, CDC issued the Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection to guide the delivery of Partner Services.
- CDC. Recommendations for partner services programs for HIV infection, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydial infection. MMWR 2008;57(No. RR-9):1-62.
- CDC. HIV Partner Service Delivery Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 2016. MMWR 2019;58(4):81-86.
- CDC. HIV Testing, Linkage to HIV Medical Care, and Interviews for Partner Services Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men — Non–Health Care Facilities, 20 Southern U.S. Jurisdictions, 2016. MMWR 2018;67(28):778-781.
- CDC. HIV Testing, Linkage to HIV Medical Care, and Interviews for Partner Services Among Youths — 61 Health Department Jurisdictions, United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2015. MMWR 2017; 66(24):629-635.
- CDC. HIV Testing, Linkage to HIV Medical Care, and Interviews for Partner Services Among Women — 61 Health Department Jurisdictions, United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2015. MMWR 2017;66(41);1100-1104.