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COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

The mission of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of communicable diseases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing a wide range of prevention and intervention strategies that incorporate all aspects of government and community partnerships. To this end, the Bureau operates disease control programs for four major areas: HIV/AIDS, vaccine preventable diseases (immunizations), sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is comprised of 3 divisions: HIV/AIDS, Immunizations and TB/STD.

Division of HIV/AIDS

Division of HIV/AIDS is responsible for ensuring that a full array of HIV prevention and care services are available and accessible through the Commonwealth for people infected with, and affected by, HIV and AIDS and those at risk for contracting HIV.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) data are available in HIV/AIDS Annual Summary & Other Reports, which contain current and historical data for the state and counties by numerous variables including: sex, race, and age. Epidemiology Data for PA HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Services provides an epidemiologic profile of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pennsylvania. HIV/AIDS Services and Epidemiology site contains HIV epidemiology and prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual practices or by sharing needles, epidemiology and prevention messages and programs may address these topics.

Division of Immunizations

The primary goal of the Division of Immunizations is to achieve maximum immunization coverage in order to eliminate the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases in Pennsylvania. In addition to providing vaccines, the Division offers educational programs, ongoing disease surveillance systems, enforcement of is to achieve maximum immunization coverage in order to eliminate the occurrence of vaccine preventable diseases in Pennsylvania. In addition to providing vaccines, the Division offers educational programs, ongoing disease surveillance systems, enforcement of school immunization regulations, disease investigations, assessment of immunization coverage, immunization registry and tracking systems, outbreak control interventions, and special efforts directed toward the prevention of hepatitis B disease and the Vaccines for Children Program.

Division of TB/STD

The Division of TB/STD is responsible for two program areas, Tuberculosis Program and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program. The responsibilities of the TB Program include measuring the impact of the disease on patients and the general public, preventing premature death, decreasing or eliminating disability and illness, preventing transmission of the disease, and ultimately eliminating TB. Services provided include anti-tuberculosis medication, outpatient examination and diagnostic services, hospitalization, lab and x-ray services and Directly Observed Therapy for TB patients undergoing treatment. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics are available for three of the more prevalent STDs in Pennsylvania are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Data are available on Tuberculosis, a bacterial, contagious disease primarily affecting the lungs, through the Tuberculosis Disease Statistics.

For more information click on the above links or call the Bureau of Communicable Diseases at 717-783-0479.