The Toolkit for technology-based STD and HIV Partner Services (IPS) serves as a general resource for health departments, community-based organizations (CBOs) and others authorized to provide HIV/STD partner services (PS). It is designed for use with the Internet and other digital technologies, such as mobile phones, computers, and social networking sites, to trace and contact persons potentially exposed to HIV and other STDs. This toolkit updates IPS information found in the 2008 National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) Guidelines for Internet-based Partner Services1 and is a supplement to the 2008 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection.2
As trends in communication and technology have advanced, the use of current and emerging technologies to reach at-risk individuals has become essential. Individuals for whom there are only virtual identifiers, such as an email address or user name, are unreachable without online search engines, email, access to online communities, and other electronic tools.
This toolkit provides information, suggestions, and resources about the various components of an IPS program. It should be useful in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating a jurisdiction-specific IPS program. It is not intended to be used as a list of “required activities” for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS)*. The information presented in the toolkit is based on published and unpublished evaluations, program experience, expert opinion, and input from several state health departments and community-based nonprofit organizations.