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Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program

The primary mission of the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program is the prevention of and the intervention in the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Through implementation of the Program's core functions: the management of STD service delivery, education, training, surveillance and interaction with professional health care providers and community-based organizations, the STD Program strives to insure a quality, professional and client centered approach to individuals seeking STD related health care.

STD Testing and Treatment Services

Statewide Listing of STD Clinics by County - Provides an updated listing of  Provides an updated listing of free and confidential STD clinics by county.

National Listing of STD Clinics - Provides an updated listing of STD Clinics across the Country.

General Information on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

If you get an STD, you're more likely to get HIV than someone who is STD-free. Getting or giving STDs increases the risk of getting HIV.

Your behaviors and condom use can raise or lower your risk for STDs and HIV. Not having vaginal, anal, or oral sex is the most effective way to prevent these diseases.

If you are sexually active, however, you can lower your risk for getting STDs and HIV by:

  • Choosing one partner and agreeing to be sexually active only with each other. It is still important that you and your partner get tested for STDs and HIV and share your test results with one another before having sex;
  • Limiting the number of people you have sex with if you have more than one partner;
  • Using latex condoms and dental dams the right way every time you have sex.
  • Abstinence: The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).

CDC STD Information - Arm yourself with basic information about STDs: How are these diseases spread? How can you protect yourself? What are the treatment options? Learn the answers to these questions by visiting the premiere national web site dedicated to STD Prevention.

STD Fact Sheets - Use this link to visit the STD fact sheet web pages. All of these STD fact sheets are printable in both English and Spanish.

STD Video Podcasts - These video podcasts summarize the important facts that you need to know about key STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and Human papillomavirus (HPV). Each 5-7 minute video segment covers topics such disease spread, symptoms of the infection, and ways it is treated and prevented.

STD Information for Physicians

Reporting

PA-NEDSS - PA-NEDSS is the mandatory method for providers and laboratories to report diseases and investigative findings to the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) via the Internet. It replaces the antiquated paper-based methods while simultaneously improving the timeliness and accuracy of disease reporting.

  • For general information about PA-NEDSS or registering new users please send an email to NEDSS@pa.gov.
  • For technical issues with PA-NEDSS please send an email to NEDSS_Technical@pa.gov.
  • Telephone: 717-783-9171

Pennsylvania Disease Reporting Mandates - Direct link to the Communicable Disease Reporting Regulations

Important Instructional Video to Providers on How to Report New Cases of STDs and Related Treatment  

PADOH Instruction Video for Providers

Treatment of STDS

CDC STD Treatment Guidelines -  Current recommendations for treating persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, updated regularly 

CDC Treatment STD Apps - The STD Treatment (Tx) Guide app is an easy-to-use reference that helps health care providers identify and treat patients for STDs. STD Tx Guide combines information from the STD Treatment Guidelines as well as MMWR updates, and features a streamlined interface so providers can access treatment and diagnostic information. The free app is available for Apple and Android devices.

Testing Information

Laboratory Diagnostic Testing for Treponema pallidum - Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joint Guidelines for the Laboratory Diagnosis of Treponema pallidum in the United States. 

CDC Recommendations for the Laboratory-Based Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae — 2014 - Provides new recommendations regarding optimal specimen types, the use of tests to detect rectal and oropharyngeal C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae infections, and circumstances when supplemental testing is indicated.

STD Training Information

(Free Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits Available)

CDC STD Training Resources - STD clinical management courses, behavioral intervention training, courses for STD program staff, and more.

National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) - The National Network of STD Clinical Prevention Training Centers (NNPTC) is a CDC-funded group of training centers created in partnership with health departments and universities. The PTCs are dedicated to increasing the knowledge and skills of health professionals in the areas of sexual health. The NNPTC provides health professionals with a spectrum of state-of-the-art educational opportunities including experiential learning with an emphasis no treatment and prevention.

National STD Curriculum - The National STD Curriculum is a free educational website that addresses the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, management and prevention of STDs.

Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) - CEI is designed to enhance the capacity of a diverse health care workforce to deliver clinical services to improve health outcomes related to HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and hepatitis C (HCV). 

STD Surveillance Data

EDDIE - EDDIE is an online tool that allows users to generate ad-hoc reports for a wide range of state data, including STDs.

CDC STD Atlas - The CDC STD Atlas was created to provide an interactive platform for accessing data collected by CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). This interactive tool provides CDC an effective way to disseminate data, while allowing users to observe trends and patterns by creating detailed reports, maps, and other graphics.

STD Resources

National STD and AIDS Hotline
1-800-227-8922 or 1-800-342-2437 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2520
Bethesda, MD 20892-2520

National Library of Medicine
MEDLINEplus
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
1-800-338-7657

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
1-888-232-3228

American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-9940