Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Health: AIDS/HIV

H3 Office of HIV/AIDS

H4 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program

H3 Office of HIV/AIDS
Department of Public Health
Bureau of Infectious Disease
250 Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-983-6550

The Office of HIV/AIDS assists in preventing the spread of the AIDS epidemic and the development of appropriate, cost - effective health and support services which will maintain patients in the least restrictive setting. The office also has informational brochures for local city and town clerks to distribute to all marriage license applicants. In addition, the office works with the governor's special AIDS education campaign targeting adolescents, called Project Prevention. This campaign involves training of several hundred teenagers to be peer educators in AIDS-related issues. The department contractually supports HIV counseling and testing sites statewide which provide services to individuals. Each site also offers psychosocial support services for individuals who test positive. These services are designed to help people adjust to the notification of their infection, to seek appropriate services, and to decrease behaviors which might put others at risk. For referral to a local counseling/testing site, call this office. As of 1/1/99, taxpayers may make a contribution to the AIDS prevention and research fund by means of a check off to indicate this on their state income tax form.

H4 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6560
Fax: 617-983-6597

The goal of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program is to provide a comprehensive picture of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in order to support prevention and health service activities delivered by the Department of Public Health and a statewide system of health care and social service organizations. Epidemiologists are responsible for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of adult and pediatric HIV/AIDS case data. HIV/AIDS Surveillance data are disseminated widely throughout the Commonwealth; to governmental agencies, public and private providers, advocacy groups and consumers. The program distributes specialized and routine data reports. The program also works collaboratively with planning and policy groups, health care providers and other bureaus within the Department of Public Health, providing surveillance information and assisting with assessment of resource distribution and ongoing planning to ensure that the needs of people at risk for infection or infected with HIV are met.

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