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The guidance is designed for health professionals involved in the prevention, investigation, and control of outbreaks of STIs. It is also relevant for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who may be asked to contribute to and/or support the work of outbreak control teams.
Social stigma and confidentiality can complicate the collection of information and instigation of control measures with STI outbreaks, the HPSC notes. Therefore, the investigation and control of an STI outbreak will usually take longer than outbreaks of other infectious diseases.
See www.hpsc.ie for more information.