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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The goal of the STD program is to reduce the spread of STDs in the community, particularly in the 15-24 year old population.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted through sexual contact. Left untreated, STDs can spread readily and can result in pain, sterility, disseminated infections throughout the body and serious complications for newborn infants.

Factors that complicate this situation are the existence of antibiotic-resistant STD strains, absence of symptoms for some of the stages of infection, lack of community awareness, reluctance to use condoms, expense of some tests and treatment and lack of timeliness of testing and reporting. Under-reporting of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases also makes tracking those diseases difficult.

The Bureau of Health, upon receipt of a report of an STD case, investigates the report to verify diagnosis and treatment. In certain cases, the Community Health Nurse or Disease Prevention Outreach Specialist will interview the patient to identify and notify sexual contacts and to provide education to prevent further infection.

Bureau of Health procedures follow the CDC and the PA Department of Health quality assurance guidelines for treatment and investigation of case reports.

The Bureau of Health contracts with Planned Parenthood of York to provide FREE diagnosis and treatment services of STDs for all city residents.

Staff are available to community groups, schools, clubs, etc. to talk about STD prevention and awareness. Contact the Albert S. Weyer Health Center at 717-849-2299 for more information.

 

Click the following links for more information on specific Sexually Transmitted Diseases:

 

Expedited Partner Treatment (EPT) Program:

The Expedited Partner Treatment (EPT) Program provides free antibiotic treatment in a timely, unhassled manner to sex partners of individuals diagnosed with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea infection, or both.  The EPT Program is available to both City and non-City residents. Linda Otero, Disease Intervention Specialist, states, "Our rationale is that these types of infection don't seem to respect geo-political boundaries. City residents have non-City partners and vice versa."

Individuals who are contacts of documented Chlamydia or Gonorrhea cases can come to the Bureau of Health's Albert S. Weyer Health Center at 435 West Philadelphia Street during routine operation hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can also be made by calling the Health Center's front office at 717-849-2299.