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:

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

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:

  1. Fax the Confidential STD Case Report Form to (253) 798-7666.
  2. Mail the Confidential STD Case Report Form to:

Washington State Department of Health
Assessment Unit
PO Box 47838. 
Olympia, WA 98504-7838.

Reporting HIV/AIDS

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.


Treatment guidelines

Disease information

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)