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  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

    Syphilis is sharply increasing in Pierce County.

      • We had 58 cases in 2016—and 248 cases in 2021.

      • We had 2 babies born with congenital syphilis in 2020—and 14 in 2021.

    If you have sex, get tested.

    Learn more about syphilis and congenital syphilis (in newborn babies). Read below how to get testing and treatment.

    Looking for STD testing or treatment?

    You have options.

    1. Contact your healthcare provider.
    2. Contact a healthcare clinic.
    3. Make an appointment with us. Our clinic is appointment-only.
      Call (253) 649-1418. Some people may not qualify for testing with us. We don’t offer routine testing. We don’t test for herpes, warts (HPV) or trich. Other providers might. 

    What to know about STD testing and treatment

    • Don’t go to the emergency room for STD testing or treatment.
      Emergency rooms are for life-threatening conditions. Go to an urgent care clinic or other walk-in provider.
    • Most providers charge a fee for testing. 
      Health insurance may cover the cost.
    • If you don’t have insurance, ask about fees first.
      We can help you find care.
    • If you’re under 18…
      Ask if the provider will send an explanation of benefits (EOB) detailing your STD testing or treatment home to your parents.

    Protect yourself and your partners.

    STDs are infections that spread during sexual contact.

    STDs pass from person to person through blood, semen, vaginal fluid and oral sex. STDs are sometimes called STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

    • STDs don’t always cause symptoms.
    • If your partner has an STD, you might already have it.
    • Untreated STDs can cause serious, lifelong complications.

    What are the most common STDs in Pierce County?

    What about sex during COVID-19? What’s safe?

    What does the Health Department do about STDs?

    Our role is to reduce STD rates and outcome disparities in Pierce County. We work to prevent disease transmission and manage outbreaks. Our priority is to ensure everyone at risk for STDs gets testing and treatment. 

    If you are diagnosed with an STD, we may call you and ask questions, including testing and treatment history. Everything you share is confidential. We will help you get the testing and treatment you need.

    Thank you for working with us to reduce STDs in Pierce County!

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    Staff

    Aguilar, Kim
    Program Manager
    (253) 649-1695



    Bocci, Alex
    Disease Investigation Specialist I
    (253) 649-1700



    Burns, Charlotte
    Disease Investigation Specialist I
    (253) 649-1752



    Carr, David
    Disease Investigation Specialist
    (253) 649-1607
    dcarr@tpchd.org



    Engichy, LaDonna
    Disease Investigation Technician



    Gregersen, Emily
    Disease Investigation Specialist II
    (253) 649-1724



    Hemingway, LaShawn
    Clinic Coordinator
    (253) 649-1719



    James, Tae
    Disease Investigation Technician
    (253) 649-1635



    Rodriguez, Jocelyn
    Disease Investigation Technician
    (253) 649-1729