Our Response to COVID-19

Alberto Perez, Denise Tafoya, Veronica Espinoza and Wanda Jackson

Big hearts meet big challenges: How CAPTC is helping California stop the spread of COVID-19

The disease intervention specialist training team at the California Prevention Training Center is shifting their energy and expertise toward training thousands of contact tracers in California to fight COVID-19

Interim STD Treatment Recommendations During COVID-19 for Symptomatic Patients

One page summary of CDC’s guidance for STD management when in-person clinical exams are limited due to coronavirus.

The Role of DIS in Combating COVID-19 with Dr. Christopher Hall

Dr. Christopher Hall, Medical Consultant for the California PTC and the Clinical Advisory Chair for NCSD, outlines the vital role disease intervention specialist (DIS) could play in combating COVID-19.


COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Our disease intervention specialists offer best practices on addressing common patient concerns when discussing contacts, navigating contact notification, and motivating patients to test.

How to Motivate Contacts to Test

How to Address Concerns During Contact Notification

How to Address Common Patient Concerns When Discussing Contacts

Greetings Colleagues:

We find ourselves in unusual times as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the novel Coronavirus. Like you, we are finding new ways to continue our important work by sheltering in place and practicing social distancing. I hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.

While we’ve needed to find new ways of working, our commitment to provide you with capacity-building trainings and technical assistance continues. We are working diligently to adapt our in-person trainings to accessible online formats and are collaborating with other sexual health leaders to continue supporting our communities as we grapple with COVID-19. We’ve also included several resources here with COVID-related information to support your STD, HIV, sexual and reproductive health work. 

We wish you good health, compassion and patience as we traverse these uncertain times together (or virtually). Each day, as we collectively follow public health policy guidelines, we are making significant progress toward slowing transmission and maintaining optimal health. Thank you for doing your part!

Alice Gandelman and the CAPTC Staff
Director, California Prevention Training Center


We know you’re receiving an onslaught of information right now. These are our most trusted sources so you can stay updated on how COVID is impacting your community and ways to stay healthy.

National Coalition of STD Directors

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Sex in the Time of COVID-19