For more general information, see our sexually transmitted disease page.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are illnesses spread by sexual contact. There are many types. Most can be cured or treated. All can be prevented. The most common in Pierce County are:
Many people who have an STD don't know it. Symptoms are not always obvious. Infected people can spread disease without knowing.
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.
Providers must report STD cases.
Healthcare providers and facilities must report HIV/AIDS and most other STDs within 3 business days.
There are 2 ways to report STDs.
Complete an STD report form and:
- Fax it to (253) 798-7666.
- Or mail it to Washington State Department of Health, Assessment Unit, PO Box 47838, Olympia, WA 98504-7838.
See our HIV page for providers for reporting information.
For further information, see our report notifiable conditions page or call (253) 798-6534.
- TPCHD dear provider letter about adapting STD clinical practices during COVID-19.
- CDC Interim STD Treatment Recommendations during COVID-19.
- CDC Guidance during disruption of STD clinical services.
- Department of Health and Human Services Dear Provider letter.
- CDC 2015 STD treatment guidelines.
- 2019 STD treatment updates.
- HHS Dear colleague letter re: Gonococcal treatment update
- CDC Disease Information.
- DOH STD data and information.
- National STD curriculum self-study training modules.
- CDC clinical and non-clinical education and training.
- Additional STD resources and guidance.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) & post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
- CDC Guidance: PrEP for HIV prevention.
- DOH Guidance: PrEP and PEP for HIV Prevention.
- PrEP Watch: data, research and access.
- WHO PrEP implementation guidelines.
- We are 1: PrEP providers in Pierce County
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
Tools for working with patients
- CDC 2020 recommendations for providing quality STD clinical services.
- Affirmative care for people who are transgender or gender non-conforming.
- Asking questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings.
- Taking a sexual history.
Harm Reduction Referral Sources