We are joined by Dr. Lynn Sosa, Deputy State Epidemiologist from CT Department of Public Health shares what their “Leave it to us” campaign is all about.
DPH works to locate sexual partners who may have been exposed to an STD, so the partner does not have to make that embarrassing phone call.
Dr. Lynn Sosa Deputy State Epidemiologist covers the following:
- STD rates are at historic highs both in CT and nationally
- People who are sexually active should be tested regularly for STDs and know where they can be tested, such as their own MD, STD clinics, Planned Parenthood
- In general STDs are preventable, take steps to reduce the risks and practice safe sex
- One strategy DPH uses to fight STDs is called “Partner Services”, where we can help by telling people they have been exposed to an STD to ensure they are tested and treated
- A new “Leave It to Us” campaign is being launched to raise awareness of this service and to promote testing
The mission of the CT Department of Public Health is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by: assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy; preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.