What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are illnesses spread by sexual contact. There are several types. Most can be cured or treated, but all can be prevented. The most common in Pierce County are:
Many people who have an STD might not know it. Symptoms are not always obvious, so infected people can spread disease to others without knowing.
Expedited partner therapy (EPT) helps control the spread of infection. EPT means providing medication to sex partners of a person diagnosed with an STD without examining them first. This helps prevent reinfection of the patient, and prevents further transmission by partners.
Providers must report STD cases.
Healthcare providers and health facilities must report AIDS, HIV and most other sexually transmitted infections within three working days.
There are two ways to report STDs:
- Fax the Confidential STD Case Report Form to (253) 798-7666.
- Mail the Confidential STD Case Report Form to:
Washington State Department of Health
PO Box 47838.
Olympia, WA 98504-7838.
For HIV/AIDS reporting information, visit our HIV page for providers.
You can also visit our Report Notifiable Conditions page or call (253) 798-6534 for more information.
- Gonorrhea Treatment Guidelines.
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Partner Treatment (EPT).
- Chlamydia Diagnosis Follow-up.
- Adult Syphilis Treatment Guidelines (adapted from CDC).
- 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines (CDC).
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae Antimicrobial Susceptibility Surveillance — 2014.
- Syphilis Increase and Prevention of Congenital Syphilis.
- Syphilis Updates - 2017.
- National STD Curriculum Self-Study Modules (Training).
- Pierce County STD data.
- STD Resources.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
- Washington Pharmacies Providing EPT.
- PEP and Training Resources.
- PrEP for HIV Prevention (CDC).
- PrEP Watch: Data, Research and Advocacy.
- PrEP Implementation Guidelines (Washington and King County).
Tools for working with patients
- Affirmative Care for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People.
- Asking Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Clinical Settings.
- Taking a Sexual History (CDC).
- Gonorrhea Fact Sheet.
- Chlamydia Fact Sheet.
- HPV Fact Sheet.
- PID Fact Sheet.
- Trichomoniasis Fact Sheet.
- Bacterial Vaginosis Fact Sheet.
- Genital Herpes Fact Sheet.
- PrEP Videos for Patients.