For more general information, see our Sexually Transmitted Disease page.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or 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.
- Fax the Confidential STD Case Report Form to (253) 798-7666.
- Or mail the Confidential STD Case Report Form to:
Washington State Department of Health
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.
- STD treatment and prevention.
- Chlamydia treatment guidelines.
- Adult syphilis treatment guidelines.
- CDC STD treatment guidelines, 2015.
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance, 2014.
- Syphilis increase and prevention of congenital syphilis.
- Syphilis updates, 2017.
- National STD curriculum self-study training modules.
- Pierce County STD data.
- STD resources.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) & post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
- PrEP for HIV prevention.
- PrEP watch: data, research and advocacy.
- PrEP implementation guidelines.
- We are 1.
Tools for working with patients
- 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.
- 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.