The Toolkit for Technology-based Partner Services

IPS Toolkit

The toolkit serves as a general resource for health departments, community-based organizations, and others on how to use the internet and other technologies to trace and contact persons potentially exposed to STDs including HIV.

Updates and Highlights
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The Toolkit for Technology-based Partner Services has been updated! You will find new examples from the field as well as information about how to conduct partner services using text messages and geolocating mobile apps.

The May 13, 2020 NIPS call can be viewed here.external icon  Topics included how to message about COVID and sexual activity and results from a mixed method study on the acceptability of partner services among MSM who use dating apps.

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Technical Assistance

To request technical assistance, send an email to Frank Strona.


Quarterly peer-to-peer support, discussion and info sharing.

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Share examples of protocols, scripts or policies of how you use digital media.

App Simulator

Quick exercises designed to familiarize staff with the basics of mobile apps and how they can be used by DIS for partner services.


Building Healthy Online Communities (BHOC) is a place where Public Health professionals and app owners work together to support gay men’s health meeting current-day realities.

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DIS can engage in peer-to-peer collaboration in channels related to topics like PrEP, field safety, and emerging news on STDs.


This interim guidance document is intended to assist state, local, territorial and tribal health departments develop jurisdictional plans for the implementation and enhancement of COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing efforts.


This toolkit has benefited from invaluable input, feedback, and editing by numerous people and programs over the years. We sincerely thank our dedicated colleagues and STD/HIV programs who have shared their experiences, successes, and failures with us, all of which has helped to improve this toolkit and technology-based partner services throughout the United States.