Communicable Disease Unit
Carbon County Public Health Communicable Disease Unit
Communicable diseases are spread from one person to another. These include HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Visit knowyo.org for low or no cost confidential HIV, STD, and viral hepatitis tests and more information about your risks for these infections.
This site contains education and prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since sexually transmitted diseases are spread through sexual practices, prevention messages and education may address these topics.
Online Education – YouTube Videos
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Hepatitis Resources For Patients
Know your risks:
Some people have a higher risk for hepatitis C infection, including:
- Current injection drug users (currently the most common way Hepatitis C virus is spread in the United States)
- Past injection drug users, including those who injected only one time or many years ago
- People born between 1945 and 1965
- Recipients of donated blood, blood products, and organs (once a common means of transmission but now rare in the United States since blood screening became available in 1992)
- People who received a blood product for clotting problems made before 1987
- Hemodialysis patients or persons who spent many years on dialysis for kidney failure
- People who received body piercing or tattoos done with non-sterile instruments
- People with known exposures to the Hepatitis C virus, such as
- Health care workers injured by needle sticks
- Recipients of blood or organs from a donor who tested positive for the Hepatitis C virus
- HIV-infected persons
- Children born to mothers infected with the Hepatitis C virus
Click here for additional information about hepatitis C
Know your status:
If you think you may be at risk for viral hepatitis infection, the next step is to get tested to know your status. Hepatitis testing may be included as a free service in your private insurance plan if you have risks for infection or if you were born between 1945 and 1965. If you don’t have insurance, see the link below for low-cost or no-cost testing options.
www.knowyo.org – Through knowyo.org, you can access low/no cost hepatitis testing at clinics throughout the state. These clinics also provide HIV and STD testing and provide adult hepatitis A and B vaccine for those who have not been vaccinated.
Already know your status?
Medications exist that can cure most types of hepatitis C infection. See the links below for support and resources for living with and treating hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C Treatment Access: This page has information for patients and providers to assist in attaining access to hepatitis C treatment.
Hepatitis C Treatment Assistance Programs: This page includes a listing of treatment assistance programs available for people who cannot afford curative hepatitis C medication.
Help 4 Hep: This Program provides peer-to-peer support for hepatitis C and the associated challenges. The phone call and support are all free of charge.
HIV/HCV Coinfection: Many people infected with HIV are also infected with HCV. This page gives more information on HIV/HCV coinfections.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that can be spread through blood, sexual contact and breast milk. Once you contract HIV you will have it for life. HIV attacks the body’s immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight off infections. If left untreated HIV can advance to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), which is the last stage of HIV. Even though there is no cure for HIV, there are medications that can help manage the infection. The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested.
The Wyoming Department of Health has resources for those who want to know their HIV status, those who are infected with HIV, those who have a partner that is HIV positive, case managers, and healthcare providers.
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All people living with HIV have a right to accurate and meaningful information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health.
CAPPA is the statewide community planning group for HIV, AIDS, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in Wyoming. Community planning is a critical process by which the health department works in partnership with the community and key stakeholders to enhance access to HIV, hepatitis, and STI prevention, care, and treatment services for high risk populations. CAPPA members can also advocate for consistent access to care and treatment across Wyoming.
Learn More About CAPPA
CAPPA is supported through cooperative agreements with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Wyoming Department of Health.
The core objectives of community planning are:
- Bring together a diverse group of individuals concerned about HIV, AIDS, hepatitis, and STIs in the state of Wyoming
- Include members who are representative of various populations living with or at increased risk for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and STIs
- Develop a Comprehensive Plan detailing Wyoming’s approaches to the care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
- Evaluate strengths, weaknesses, barriers, and gaps in prevention and care service delivery in Wyoming
- Prioritize prevention interventions based on need, effectiveness, cost, theory, and community norms and values
- Advocate for consistent access to care and treatment across Wyoming
The mission of the Wyoming Comprehensive Care and Prevention Planning Alliance (CAPPA) is to develop, evaluate and modify a Comprehensive Plan that effectively addresses the care and prevention needs of high-risk populations as well as individuals living with or affected by HIV, AIDS, hepatitis and STIs in Wyoming.
CAPPA exists as a core component of both the HIV Prevention Program, as required by CDC and the HIV care and treatment public advisory planning for Ryan White Programs and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as required by HRSA.
Become a CAPPA Member
Applications for membership are accepted throughout the year and reviewed quarterly. CAPPA meets three to four times a year, in various locations around Wyoming and through video conferencing. Meetings typically begin Friday afternoon and continue all day Saturday. Expenses (food, lodging, mileage) associated with attendance at meetings are reimbursed to CAPPA members and applicants. Others are welcome to attend as all of the meetings are open to the public. The application for membership can be accessed below.