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Author Topic: STD reporting to Dept of Health  (Read 6352 times)

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Offline bradjock

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STD reporting to Dept of Health
« on: January 11, 2011, 06:32:54 PM »
Does anyone know if the dept of public health sends investigators out after those who who test+ for STDs that clinics/labs are required to report (Chlamydia, Syph, etc.)?   I am very aware of DPH's, err, "outreach" to those who are identified on the mandatory HIV test reporting for counseling, partner identification/notification, etc..  The mandatory STD test reports to DPH include all the same identifying data (name, address, phone, etc.), but I'm hoping that DPH doesn't bother calling or mailing stuff for these non-HIV tests.   

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Offline surf18

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 06:59:11 PM »
they never got a hold me over this issue but they were pain in the asses when i had hep b 2005

Offline emeraldize

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011, 07:28:38 PM »
Don't be surprised if they do make contact via mail or phone as that is the one of the reasons doctors, nurses, PAs, etc. must report positive test results. They want to ensure you and your partner(s) get treatment.

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011, 08:00:10 PM »
As far as HIV never heard from anyone, but goodness when I contracted another STD they were all over my ass.  Wouldn't do a phone interview had to make an appt and when I showed up the counselor wasn't there.  Ended up doing a phone interview :D
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Offline buginme2

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011, 09:01:56 PM »
Public Health called me when I tested positive.  Asked me a bunch of question's but nothing "intrusive." 

Offline bradjock

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 06:26:13 AM »
Thanks for the info.    F-ing terrific.  I'ts bad enough to have to discuss this with my SO, who will be displeased enough and doesn't need any further suggestion/reminder that I'm dropping trou everywhere (which is exactly the impression he will get if he opens a letter from the health department or answers the doorbell).   

Offline surf18

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2011, 07:24:01 AM »
if i remember correctly they were all very sly when they called. like they didnt say who or what they were when they called and left messages.

Offline emeraldize

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2011, 10:20:28 AM »
BJ

Why don't you call the health department directly. Inquire as to what their process is in the instance of STD positive results so you know for sure. And, if it's something coming via mail, explain that you don't want to receive it at your home address, or perhaps arrange for some other options for communication.
Or, if it is a phone call and your SO might pick up, see if the HD can contact you via cell.

Nothing venture, nothing gained. And, they'll be assured you are not trying to evade but just keep your personal life less complicated. Meanwhile, I'm going to ask a friend of mine at our local HD what their process is in a similar circumstance.

Em

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2011, 12:37:58 PM »
Thanks for the info.    F-ing terrific.  I'ts bad enough to have to discuss this with my SO, who will be displeased enough and doesn't need any further suggestion/reminder that I'm dropping trou everywhere (which is exactly the impression he will get if he opens a letter from the health department or answers the doorbell).   

Whoa.  I think the first thing you should be concentrating on is having a discussion with your SO, and let him know what is going on.  Pronto.  It won't be easy, but it's a hell of a lot easier than having him find from a health department inquiry.  Be proactive -- both in telling your SO, and contacting the health department as emeradlize suggested below. 

Regards,

Henry
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2011, 05:21:33 PM »
I agree with Henry, a discussion with him would be a good idea and might prevent a dust-up.

As promised, I contacted my friend at the Health Dept (US and county-level) She stated...When the person is tested they are told to call back in one week for the results.  If they do not call back the chart is given to a DIS (Disease intervention Specialist) and they will contact the person if they are positive for an STD.  When they sign in at the desk they are asked how they want to be contacted.   I am not sure exactly what happens if they fail to reach them.

And, she says she'll check further as to what happens next. So, at least here, you have a say in how you're contacted. Do you recall that occurring when you went?

Offline bradjock

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2011, 11:15:17 PM »
Thanks Em/Henry.  I will be proactive on both fronts; I should be able to tell him tomorrow about the problem identified when I tested (Chlamydia) and hopefully minimize the relationship damage, and will try to make sure they call my cell if I show positive on the other stuff they test for. 

Offline emeraldize

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2011, 09:27:56 AM »
I received more info from my friend which helps to complete the picture started in my previous post. I've subsequently asked if this is likely to be standard operating procedure for most health departments. If I get a reply to that, I'll post it as well.

She stated she spoke with...."one of the DIS's at the HD.  She said that they do go to homes in the event that one is positive and does not call for results or does not come in for treatment.  If there is no one home a letter is left on the door in an envelope that says the person is to call the HD as soon as possible. 
 
When one signs in to the HD they are asked for contact information for self and another contact person.  No information is given to anyone but if the other person had to be contacted in order to reach the patient they would be asked to have the patient call back.
 
It has occurred that sons have had the same name as the father and the father will answer or call back.... however attempts are made such as asking Date of birth and soc sec#.  if the person on the phone seems vague or does not seem as if they are  aware of the visit no information is given."

Em

Offline bradjock

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2011, 11:39:03 PM »
So in case anyone winds up in the same situation, here's the update:   

1.  I contacted the clinic and asked them to do whatever they could to make sure that if they, the DPH or anyone else needed to reach me, that they call my cell and as a backup send an email asking me to call them  -- and then I asked them to update my address to a buddy's address b/c I moved (which wasn't exactly true, ore even partially true, b/c I haven't moved but I figured that would avoid any visit to the place I share with BF).   The clinic said they would update the file, very nice about it.

2.  The clinic did in fact update the file as asked, because a few days later I got a call on my cell to come back in asap, which I did.  Of the various std tests, it turned out I only tested positive for one ("only," like that's such a great achievement).  I'm glad I tested b/c I had no symptoms whatsoever.   Got that problem fixed easily with antibiotics.

3.   While I was at the clinic, I asked and was told that DPH absolutely does "investigate" those who test positive for non-HIV stds, and often will send "field workers" on home visits.  But they don't always do so: the clinic guy said they are clearly more likely to investigate when it involves poz guys, but that if they are too backed up investigating new HIV positives or whatever they may not bother to investigate some other STD.

4.   I then had the ugly conversation with my BF -- I actually thought about crushing his antibiotics into his dinner, which would have protected him and avoided the conversation, but somehow man-ed up enough to confess.   So he is (still) healthy and I'm on house arrest, which is betterthan I probably deserve.

Thanks for the suggestions and information.
 

Offline tednlou2

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Re: STD reporting to Dept of Health
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2011, 12:20:22 AM »
So in case anyone winds up in the same situation, here's the update:   

4.   I then had the ugly conversation with my BF -- I actually thought about crushing his antibiotics into his dinner, which would have protected him and avoided the conversation, but somehow man-ed up enough to confess.   So he is (still) healthy and I'm on house arrest, which is betterthan I probably deserve.

Thanks for the suggestions and information.
 

Oh, I'm so glad you didn't try to give him meds without his knowing.  I was wondering what you meant by "his antibiotics".  You wouldn't have had a prescription for him, right?  Anyway, you didn't do it, so it is a moot point.

On this subject, I've wondered what Health Depts do with people who test anonymously for HIV.  Everyone who tests poz has their names reported, right?  If it turns up poz, do they try to force your name out of ya?  Or, do they just report it to the CDC as an anonymous test? 

 


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