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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 ensure a quality, professional and client centered approach to individuals seeking STD related health care.

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).

STD Testing and Treatment Services


STD Resources


Contact the STD Program

Pennsylvania Department of Health STD Program
Room 1023 Health & Welfare Building
625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-3981
Fax: 717-772-4309

STD Information for Providers

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 RA-DHNEDSS@pa.gov.
  • For technical issues with PA-NEDSS please send an email to RA-DHNEDSSTech@pa.gov
    Telephone: 717-783-9171

Pennsylvania Disease Reporting Mandates

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

CDC STD Treatment Guidelines

Testing Information

STD Surveillance Data