Partner services connect people with a sexually transmitted infection or people living with HIV to testing, treatment, medical care, and the right prevention and support services. We do this to improve Coloradans' health and reduce the risk of spreading STIs and HIV.
The state requires laboratories and health providers to report when you test positive for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea. A disease intervention specialist (DIS) will then reach out to you to help navigate treatment and care. They will also get information on anyone you may have exposed to an STI or HIV.
People exposed to an STI or HIV may develop serious lifelong health issues if they do not get treatment as soon as possible. Sharing your sexual or needle-sharing partner’s information with your DIS will make sure that everyone gets the same help and treatment. Your DIS works with you to plan the best way to notify partners about their exposure. A DIS can make a free referral to a medical provider for testing and treatment or they can meet with your partner to provide free and confidential testing.
No matter the situation, we will never share your information.
These are your options:
We notify your partners.
Your DIS can take information from you about your partners and discreetly get in touch with your partner, let them know of their exposure—without saying anything about you—and refer them to the right services.
We help you notify partners.
A DIS can help prepare you to tell your partner of their possible exposure. They will also offer support and information, including referrals for testing and other services that your partner may need.
We notify partners with you.
You can choose to talk with your partner along with a DIS who will provide support and answer any questions and concerns your partner may have.
You can notify them by sending an anonymous online notification.
Again, if you want the DIS to talk with your partners, we will keep your medical and personal information 100% confidential. This includes your name, age, gender, race, and any other information you have given. Your DIS will not tell your partners when they were exposed or tell them the number of partners exposed.
What we offer
- Rapid and appropriate medical evaluations and treatment to those recently diagnosed with HIV and/or an STI.
- Counseling on prevention and transmission of HIV/STIs to others.
- Outreach to anyone who may have been exposed to HIV or an STI.
- Connections to the right services.
Who we help
- People diagnosed with an STI.
- People living with HIV.
- Sex and/or needle-sharing partners of someone with HIV/STI.
- Others who are potentially involved in transmission (social networks who may share risks and partners).
How we help
- Answer your questions about STIs and HIV.
- Find treatment if you have not done so already.
- Tell your partners, or help you tell your partners, they may have been exposed to an STI/HIV.
- Help your partners get tested and treated for STIs/HIV.
If you have an STI/HIV and would like help in notifying sex and/or needle-sharing partners of their possible exposure, you can contact the DIS pager line at 303-692-6226.