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  • STD Information for Providers

    For more general information, see our sexually transmitted disease (STD) page.

    Many people aren’t aware they have an STD.

    Symptoms may not be present or obvious. Infected people can spread STDs without knowing it.

    While most STDs can be treated, all STDs can be prevented. The most common STDs in Pierce County are:

    • Chlamydia.
    • Gonorrhea.
    • Herpes.
    • Syphilis.

    We encourage providers to give EPT.

    Expedited partner therapy (EPT) helps control the spread of infection. EPT is giving medicine to an infected person’s sex partners without examining them first. This helps prevent reinfection of the patient and prevents further transmission by partners.

    EPT is permissible in Washington in many cases of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Providers can find out more about EPT from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and by contacting the Health Department. 

    Providers must report STD cases.

    Healthcare providers and facilities must report HIV/AIDS and most other STDs within 3 business days.

    To report STDs, fax an STD report form to (253) 649-1389.

    Questions? Review our STD Case Report Tips.

    For more information, see our reporting notifiable conditions page or call (253) 649-1412.

    To report HIV/AIDS, fax an HIV/AIDS case report form to (253) 649-1389.

    For more information, see our HIV/AIDS information for providers page or call (253) 649-1412.

    Resources

    Treatment guidelines

    Disease information

    Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

    Expedited partner therapy (EPT)

    Tools for working with patients

    Harm reduction referral

    SYPHILIS IS INCREASING.

    Syphilis is increasing in all groups, especially in heterosexual people. Read our health advisory

    WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

    Our STD/HIV Program supports healthcare providers and community organizations. Check out how we can help and how to reach us.

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