31 Mar 2011

Health : Disease Intervention Specialists

Category: Health

Have you seen profiles like this one and wondered what they are doing on the site? Here is the story….

The profile linked above, and profiles like it, belong to a group of health workers called Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). DIS perform something called ‘Partner Services’.

The goal of partner services is to stop the spread of infections by talking to those that have been exposed, helping them to get tested and treated if needed. Partner Services is voluntary and confidential, meaning that DIS can notify the partners to someone who has tested positive for an STD and/or HIV of their exposure and no one will be told who exposed them.

At first glance it may seem odd to have someone from a health department on the site; in many cases, however, the only information they are given about sex partners from those that test positive are screens names – which means that the only way they can contact that person to let them know they may have been exposed to an infection is through the site.

It makes great sense to try to stop the spread of disease by contacting those that are known to have been potentially exposed, as these efforts start from the source and reach out to those that may have been infected.

Medical and personal information is always kept private and confidential. If you choose to have a DIS talk with your partners, the specialist will not share your name, sex, or any other personal information about you. They also will not tell the partners when or where they were exposed.

Rest assured that your personal information is protected by Adam4Adam. The site never provides any information about you or your activity on the site to anyone. Adam4Adam allows these health care professionals on the site to inform individuals of their potential exposure, and to help them get tested and treated as needed. All health care professionals are verified by an independent third party before they are allowed to join the site. The verification process requires that they have proper credentials and that they have received professional training.

There are many things to consider when you consider talking to your partners about their exposure to STD/HIV and a DIS can help you decide the best way to do so. If you do not feel comfortable talking with your partners because you think that they might hurt you, it is important to not tell them about an STD/HIV exposure, or to at least wait until a later time. DIS are trained to work with situations like this, and are a great resource for you to use.

Hopefully you will never need to receive partner services. But, if you do, you can rest assured that the person you are speaking with can help. No matter how you got an infection, the right thing to do is to make sure that your partners have the chance to get treatment they may needed. Even if the person who infected you did not inform you, you can do the right thing and make sure that your partners are informed.

Partner services is another way to help protect each other from STDs and HIV.

Stephan

13 comments for Health : Disease Intervention Specialists

  • Intervention is a key word, no doubt. I have to gave up more than one hook up, since I notice the other person has genital warts. And even when you explain this person the reason is not a good idea to have sex and that is important to go to see a doctor, the person gets upset. Opposition, resistance, attitude does not help for someone with a STD or HVI.

  • I am a dentist and like other health care professions, we have the same “Universal Precaution.” This means that we treat every patient we see as if they were infected. This will prevent us from spreading (any) disease from the patient onto the others.

    With this in mind, we should treat every sex partner as if they were infected. Condoms are free at the community offices and of course the gay bars. Prevention will put the stop to the spreading of the disease.

    Do you think HIV drugs are cheap? It is $90/pill. And if you are taking it everyday it will cost you $2700/month. I don’t know what kind of job you do, but $2700/month is not cheap. And trust me, Obama is not going to pay for your HIV meds.

  • The core issue is the attitudes and behaviors of the numerous guys here that have some kind of std, choose not to be tested to find out, or those that do, in fact, know that they have something and consciously decide not to disclose that information to their Adam4Adam “hookups”. When drugs and alcohol are involved, which they are many times and are even a part of the A4A profile, you end up with a recipe for disaster.

  • Appreciate this blog posting, I’ve often seen those health profiles and think it’s a very good idea. Martin’s comment about “universal sex practices” is great advice. As a poz guy, I am astonished by the number of profiles specifying “clean” or “disease free” partners only, rather than specifying that they engage in safer sex with anyone they hook up with. I so appreciate the negative guys who are open to playing or dating because they treat everyone the same way: wrapping up and having great safe sex.

  • The diluted sense of reality that most young gay men have about HIV/AIDS is appalling! HIV infections within the gay community are on a severe rise. I’m only 26 with many friends who are positive (most are older than me) and having seen many young gay men that I work with or have met tell me they don’t use condoms is nauseating. They unfortunately are unaware of the AIDS Crisis that affected gay men where most HIV positive patients didn’t live past a year if they were lucky. They are optimistically unaware that “it will never happen to me” or “I know he’s not positive” but truly have no idea just how dangerous they’re practices are! Even more so, the gay AND straight porn industry have done society a TRUE disservice by not promoting safer sex to the best of their abilities and with the rise of bareback porn creating a false sense of reality that all behaviors are ok when it comes to health and safety, we will NEVER see and HIV Free Generation. “Gift-givers” and “bug chasers” and even more an increase of PNP with cocktails of drugs to get you high, only means that one day you will be sure to have quite of few “cocktails” of “drugs” daily for the rest of your life. SILENCE=DEATH

  • I like these blogs on adam4adam…silence does = death or least a lifetime of misery. My particular situation is one of being an older man coming out late in life. Finding myself single and believe it or not, desirable. But there are many questions, many lies, and denials. Finding that there are many ‘mature’ men in the same boat I have been trying to start a mature gay mens’ support group in my area.The purpose of the group is many-fold but todays blog is something we need to address, especially going into ‘open’ partnerships.

  • It is a great service, we need more support/education and prevention services. I’m just not at ease with the quote, “Partner Services is voluntary and confidential, meaning that DIS can notify the partners to someone who has tested positive for an STD and/or HIV of their exposure and NO ONE WILL BE TOLD WHO EXPOSED THEM.” (LMBO) I know if I received a called telling me I’ve been exposed to an STD/HIV I would know who exposed me. It would be so much better to encourage the infected person to do communicate with their partner(s). If the infected person is unable to confess, than I feel DIS should step in and make the call.

  • I worked with several DIS in my last line of work as a sexual health comm specialist. While a few (in my opinion) could seriously use a class in etiquette, they do a job many of us could not do. They serve a valuable purpose in keeping our society healthy.

  • Would be nice to find a local (to Redding) support group. One that cna help spread good information about prevention, what practices are considered safe, what risky, etc. As another now old man exposed sporadically to gay lifethrough his younger years but really just moving into full time at an advanced age, think it is important that there be resources made readally available that explain in relatively straight forwardd terms what is consider safe (kissing?), not safe (unprotected anal sex), sort of safe (unprotected frontal oral and swalling juices), etc. I find a lot of different opinions and tend to therefore not protext myself in general.Maybe it doesn’t matter as far as my life goes (i might normally have another 20 good years left before i have to slow down), but what i do could certainly matter to someone elses likfe.

  • Quote: With this in mind, we should treat every sex partner as if they were infected. Condoms are free at the community offices and of course the gay bars. Prevention will put the stop to the spreading of the disease.

    Reply: I agree with this 100%, however there is a new mindset among many gay men where they scorn the idea of prevention, and only want to focus on treatment. How do you counter that kind of thinking?

  • Quote: The diluted sense of reality that most young gay men have about HIV/AIDS is appalling! HIV infections within the gay community are on a severe rise.

    Reply: I totally agree with you, and have been saying this in all of my postings only for people to come back with post telling me how wrong I am and that with the new meds, HIV is some sort of walk in the park, and the meds are all safe as candy. The most upsetting thing is many of these people posting such crap are HIV+

    Even more upsetting than this, is I know people who have this exact mindset in real life!

  • i blame heteros for HIV and AIDS. its the reason i lost alot of friends and got infected myself. i am getting sick and tired of being part of the AIDS epidemic. heteros dont care-they keep spreading . here in america and around the world.

  • If the person you had sex with is positive,and does not tell you they are positive, and you have BB sex with them, and become infected,is the original positive person in danger of being arrested for withholding their status?

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