HIV Partner Services
The program provides assistance to HIV positive persons in notifying their sexual and/or needle sharing partners of possible exposure to HIV.
HIV Partner Services are always voluntary, client-centered, and confidential for both the person living with HIV and their partner(s).
About this Program
The HIV Partner Services Program provides three options for letting partners know they may have been exposed to HIV and/or STDs and provide linkages to testing and medical care.
- Anonymous Third Party: Specially trained local health department (LHD) staff notifies partners without disclosing any information about the original client.
- Dual Disclosure: The original client wants to disclose to partners him- or herself with the support of trained HIV Partner Services staff. Trained staff can provide immediate linkage to services once the original client has told the partner of their exposure.
- Self-Disclosure: The original client notifies his or her partner(s), after working with trained HIV Partner Services staff to develop a disclosure plan.