COVID-19 Community Levels Map Update, Jan. 27, 2023: The CDC has listed three Connecticut Counties—Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties—in the High/Orange category as part of its weekly COVID-19 Community Levels update. Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland and Windham Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category.  Because all eight Connecticut counties are either in the High or Medium categories, the Connecticut Department of Public Health recommends that all residents consider wearing a mask in public indoor spaces. People who are at high risk for severe illness should consider additional measures to minimize their exposure to COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.


Please visit covidtests.gov to request four free COVID-19 self-test kits from the Federal Government. Find a location that has a supply of COVID-19 therapeutics as part of the Test to Treat initiative here. The complete DPH COVID-19 toolbox is located at ct.gov/coronavirus.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Program

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The mission of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Control Program is to reduce the occurrence of STDs through disease surveillance, case and outbreak investigation, screening, preventive therapy, outreach, diagnosis, case management, and education. The Department of Public Health mandates reporting of 5 STDs; syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, neonatal herpes, and chancroid. Surveillance activities are conducted on the 3 most common STDs; syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, all of which can be cured with proper treatment.

Sexually transmitted diseases are some of the most common infections found in the United States. More than 19 million men and women are affected each year. In the United States, the overall medical costs associated with STDs are estimated to be approximately $14 billion annually.

Although STDs are more prevalent among people aged 15-24 years, they affect persons from all backgrounds. Some STDs significantly affect certain minority populations, such as gonorrhea that affects African Americans 18 times more than it does whites.  Also, women tend to have more severe health consequences from infection with STDs.

Women often do not show symptoms of STDs; however, they can be at greater risk for major complications. When symptoms develop, they can be confused with other diseases that are not transmitted through sexual contact. Unfortunately, the diseases can still be transmitted to a sex partner even though there are no symptoms. Many STDs can be treated effectively when diagnosed early. Knowledge through education is key to preventing infection with STDs. There are prevention methods that, when used correctly, can reduce the incidence of these diseases and the complications associated with them.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health, STD Control Program, is located at 410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 11STD, Hartford, CT 06134 and can be reached by calling (860) 509-7920.

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If you would like to implement EPT in your clinical setting, please contact Lynn Sosa, MD at 860-509-7920.
 
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