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We are in Safe Start Phase 2. Read our press release.

Questions about COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 pages.

We suspended most in-person services. Read our blog post.

The Health Department is closed July 3 for the Fourth of July Holiday.

For more general information, see our sexually transmitted disease page.

Overview

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:

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

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:

  1. Fax it to (253) 798-7666.
  2. Or mail it to Washington State Department of Health, Assessment Unit, PO Box 47838, Olympia, WA 98504-7838.

Reporting HIV/AIDS

See our HIV page for providers for reporting information.

For further information, see our report notifiable conditions page or call (253) 798-6534.

Resources

COVID-19 related

Treatment guidelines

Disease information

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) & post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

Tools for working with patients

Harm Reduction Referral Sources