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Infectious Disease Services

Florida Department of Health in Gadsden County

Infectious Diseases Services conducts investigation, surveillance, prevention, and control of communicable diseases of public health importance. Services include:

Epidemiology

Epidemiology Program conducts disease surveillance and investigates suspected occurrences of infectious diseases and conditions that are reported from physicians offices, hospitals, laboratories and other medical providers and community partners.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Program

The Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program works to control transmission through four major avenues:

  • Education of at risk persons on the modes of disease transmission and the means for reducing the risk of transmission by changing sexual behaviors
  • Detection of infection in persons without symptoms, and those who are who are unlikely to seek diagnostic and treatment services.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of persons who are infected.
  • Evaluation, treatment and counseling of sex partners of persons with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

HIV/AIDS Program

This program aims to reach persons at increased risk of becoming infected with HIV or, if already infected, of transmitting the virus to others. The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of these events from occurring. Our activities are directed to persons whose behaviors or personal circumstances place them at risk.

Tuberculosis (TB) Program

Our Outreach Program consists of the comprehensive case management of active cases of TB, investigation, and testing of those exposed to an active case of TB, along with direct observed medication therapy of active TB cases. In addition, Outreach acts as a gateway to treatment in the TB clinic for those who have been determined through testing to have Latent TB infection.

Our Clinical Services provide the diagnosis and treatment of persons with active TB disease and persons identified with latent TB infection. Treatment for persons identified with latent TB infection will be crucial to achieving the ultimate goal of eliminating TB as a public health problem in FL.