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Prevention & Intervention (HIV/STDs)

This site contains HIV prevention messages that might not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, prevention messages and programs on this website may address these topics.  If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website.

The Prevention Programs are made up of these focus areas, HIV, Hepatitis C (HCV) and STDs.

These program areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

HIV/STD Counseling, Testing, Referral (CTR) and Linkage to Care (LTC) Training
This training is geared towards people who will be providing rapid HIV/STD testing in a nonclinical setting or with a Community Based Organization (CBO).  

  The training provides the following information: 

  • Brief History of HIV;
  • Brief HIV 101;
  • How stigma/judgment impact client care;
  • Review the HIV/AIDS National Strategy and Ending the HIV Epidemic and why it is important to what we do;
  • Identify the reportable STDs in Oklahoma; 
  • Introduction to STDs, including Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Herpes & Hepatitis;
  • Introduction to Disease Intervention Services (DIS), the importance of DIS and how it fits into HIV/STD prevention and treatment;
  • Introduction to the HIV/STD/HCV testing process, including reading and giving test results, rapid vs. conventional testing, documentation, reporting requirements and HIPPA/confidentiality;
  • Steps on how to perform a testing session, including role play to practice this newly acquired skill, providing both a reactive/positive and/or nonreactive/negative test result; and
  • Identify the difference between referral and linkage to care, and how to link a client with a positive test result to care, while identifying the need for referrals to additional psycho-social needs (which may be needed by any client, regardless of the result of their test).

HIV Education Training (HET)
This training is geared towards people who will be providing the state required HIV education in the public schools (primarily school nurses, teachers and county health educators).

Currently, we have two PowerPoint presentation available for the public to use, which meet the state mandated AIDS Education Statute.

Click HERE to review the presentations, current state HIV/AIDS education statute/mandate, or examples of support documents for teaching HIV in the public schools.

To view the HET Brochure, click HERE.

HIV/STD 101 Training and HIV/STD/Hepatitis Presentations
Training and presentations can be provided by staff members and can be tailored to meet the needs of the organization requesting these services.

  Examples of different locations or audiences staff have provided presentations, include:

  • Recovery Centers;
  • Public Schools;
  • Universities;
  • Homeless Shelters; and
  • County Health Educators and Nurses.

For more information about HIV 101, STD 101 or other HIV/STD/Hepatitis presentations, click HERE to send an email.

HIV 101 (pdf, ppt

STD 101 (pdf, ppt)

HIV/STD 101 (pdf, ppt)       

STI Academy 
This training is geared towards the county health department nurses and occasionally the health educators.

  The training provides the following information:

  • Review of STDs the Health Department tests/treats;
  • Health Department Nursing Protocols;
  • Specific STD history, symptoms and treatment, including Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Vaginitis, PID, Herpes and Syphilis;
  • HIV Prevention and Screening;
  • EPT (Expedited Partner Therapy);
  • Case Discussions;
  • Taking a Sexual History and Practice;
  • Male and Female STD Exam; and
  • The DIS and Provider STD Care Team.

For more information about the STI Academy, click HERE to send an email.

NOTE: We have worked with clinicians outside the Health Department and provided similar trainings to meet their needs.

Disease Intervention Services

In addition to the above listed prevention and intervention services, the SHHR Service also provides Confidential Partner Notification Services through Disease Intervention Services. This service is provided by the Disease Intervention Specialists or DIS.

The DIS are a key player in the public health STD/STI field.  They are trained nonclinical professionals, informed about the causes and spread of STDs/STIs, skilled in taking sexual histories, identifying and locating people who may have been exposed to a STD/STI, and know wher/how to link people to/for evaluation and treatment.  DIS provide information about behaviors that can put a person at risk for STDs/STIs, including HIV.

In Oklahoma there are 15 DIS, four field supervisors and a manager.  The DIS home bases are in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Muskogee County; however, they do provide services for the entire state.              

If you are a healthcare provider and want more information about Disease Intervention Services, download this fact sheet

Click HERE to view a map of the DIS supervisors and the counties they cover.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Services
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave, Ste 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8400

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