HIV/STDs

April 17, 2018
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public health is offering STD testing at no cost to patients at select Parish Health Units on April 24, April 25 and April 26 in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month. Through this initiative, the Office of Public Health hopes to promote awareness about STDs and remove potential barriers for screening and testing. In addition to STD screening, residents can also receive free testing for HIV.
April 09, 2018
Louisiana STD/HIV Quarterly Reports presented by Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, STD/HIV Program.
April 06, 2018
The HIV epidemic continues to have a significant impact on the public health of Louisiana. Louisiana Statistical information related to HIV/AIDS are available here.
November 13, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health has received a $550,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen its congenital syphilis activities and initiatives.
June 06, 2017
STD and HIV infection in Louisiana require responsive interventions to decrease new infections, slow HIV disease progression, increase individual awareness of STD and HIV status, and help ensure access to medical care for persons who have HIV or need treatment for an STD. The 2013 STD/HIV Program Report provides a thorough surveillance profile, as well as descriptions of the state’s prevention, counseling and testing, care, services, housing, and evaluation programs. While many challenges remain, the report highlights several areas of progress. This report reflects data through the end of the 2013 calendar year and is the most recent report available as of 2015.
April 28, 2017
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), STD/HIV Program, is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified proposers to provide pharmacy benefits management services through a comprehensive network of pharmacies, to eligible clients residing in all 64 parishes in Louisiana.
April 25, 2017
Louisiana, including Caddo Parish, consistently experiences some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. The most recent studies by the CDC, 2015 data, show Louisiana has the highest rate in the nation for primary and secondary syphilis and the highest gonorrhea rate. Further, among the top 70 counties/parishes in the U.S., Caddo is ranked 59.
March 09, 2017
The rate of babies born with syphilis is rising in Louisiana, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found the rate of congenital syphilis rose by 6% nationwide between 2014 and 2015. Director of the Bureau of Infectious Diseases for the Office of Public Health, Dr. DeAnn Gruber, says the problem is even worse in Louisiana.
November 16, 2016
David Armstead, HIV program monitor with the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health, has been named as one of the Top 100 people in the nation working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Armstead was recognized for his volunteer outreach efforts in the New Orleans area where he also serves as chair of the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council.
May 19, 2016
In order to lower Louisiana’s rate of new HIV infections, DeAnn Gruber, STD/HIV program director with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, joined researchers from Emory University to share new information that analyzes the rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) both nationwide and in Louisiana.