Created in April, 2012, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Scientist, Óscar Tarragó, M.D., M.P.H., this scene was taking place in a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic in Guatemala, and depicts a patient who is having her blood drawn, by phlebotomist, Ana Chic, which would then be tested for STIs and HIV. As part of the VICITS program (Surveillance and Control for Sexually Transmitted Infections Spanish acronym), this clinic serves as a model training center for the country. They proudly told us that the clinic now holds the highest standard quality certification (ISO 9001-International Organization for Standardization www.iso.org), the only one in the country. This was one of the entries in the 2015 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest.
Ana stated that with the new laboratory equipment, “VICITS has opened the doors for identifying the STIs by [specific] agent,” which was not done before. This allows for agent-specific treatments. When patients arrive at this clinic for the first time, they undergo counseling and testing for STIs and HIV. If they agree, they are included in the VICITS program, with its trained clinic personnel, and a database of more than 4,700 people, who gather information on sexually-risky behaviors. This has allowed the development of preventative programs focusing on behavioral change for the people who attend the clinic.
See the link below, for more on what public health activities CDC is performing in Guatemala.