The National Infertility Prevention Project is a multi-state demonstration project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project's overall mission is to implement effective prevention strategies to reduce the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) and its potentially destructive complications. Untreated chlamydia infections in women can result in sterility, ectopic pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes, neonatal infection and chronic pain.
TIPP Project Purpose, Activities and Partnerships
The Family Planning Program (TIPP) initiative is dedicated to the prevention of infertility caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STD), particularly Chlamydia. Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. The DSHS, Family Planning Program, HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch, and Laboratory Sciences Section work together on the initiative.
Health Impact from Untreated Chlamydia infections in women:
- Ectopic pregnancy,
- Poor pregnancy outcomes,
- Neonatal infection, and
- Chronic pain.
Project Goals for the TIPP initiative works toward:
- Identify, screen and treat women at high risk for Chlamydia (and gonorrhea).
- Counsel infected and at-risk women on risk reduction (safer sex),
- Treat and counsel partners of infected women,
- Provide education and training for contractor staff.
Screening sites for TIPP:
- Family planning clinics,
- Maternity clinics,
- STD clinics and
- Juveniles correctional facilities.
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