Health : Disease Intervention Specialists
Here at Adam4Adam, we are committed to your health. We want you to have fun AND stay healthy. That’s why we partner with health specialists, who can help link you to information and services. On A4A, we have two kinds of specialists. You can find out which services they provide in their profiles.
The first are outreach workers, who can provide you with information about STDs and HIV and link you to services and resources in your area.
The second kind are called “Disease Intervention Specialists,” or DIS. They’re highly trained, and for decades have played an essential role in stopping the spread of STDs and HIV by helping people get tested and treated. They’re employed by either a health department or a community-based organization.
If you are ever diagnosed by a doctor with syphilis or HIV (as well as some other STDs), a DIS will get in touch with you. They’ll offer to work with you to tell your sex partners that they may have been exposed, and encourage them to go to their doctor, or a clinic, to be tested. Working with DIS is completely voluntary.
If you’re uncomfortable telling your partners directly, you can ask a DIS to help you. They will reach out to your partners to let them know that they have been exposed to an STD or HIV . The DIS will NEVER tell your partner your name or that you were the one who asked for help notifying them. DIS are committed to protecting your privacy. Furthermore, DIS will not give any details that would reveal where, or when, your partner may have been exposed.
Most men want to let their partners know about a potential STD and are glad that their partners are notified and are able to get tested and treated. And many men who get notified are grateful that they got the information. Because many people with STDs never experience any symptoms, they often don’t know they have an STD or that they could unknowingly give it to someone else.
If you get approached by a DIS here on Adam4Adam, it usually means that you have been exposed to an STD or HIV. Again, DIS will not give you the name of the person who may have exposed you or give you any information about where or when you may have been exposed. The DIS will help you get tested, and if necessary, treated by connecting you to the health department or your own doctor. They may also follow up with you after.
Here are some important facts about DIS:
- DIS are trained health professionals whose job it is to notify people that they have been exposed to an STD or HIV.
- You get to choose if, and what, information you provide to a DIS. It’s totally voluntary.
- Adam4Adam will never collect any information on you, or give it to a DIS.
If you have any questions about DIS or the services they can provide, please contact: DIS@adam4adam.com.
To find out where to get a free, confidential HIV or STD test near you, go to gettested.cdc.gov