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.
New STD Program at the Health Bureau:
The York City Bureau of Health announces the start of a new program to combat certain sexually transmitted infections. The new initiative is called the Expedited Partner Treatment (EPT) Program and it will begin on Monday, January 28, 2013. During the year of 2012, the Health Bureau received 540 reported cases of Chlamydia infection and 292 reported cases of Gonorrhea infection among York City residents. Linda Otero, Disease Intervention Specialist with the Health Bureau stated that "the reported cases always get treatment, sex partners of cases should also get treatment, otherwise there is a significant risk for re-infection. Unfortunately, many partners do not get treatment for a variety of reasons." The EPT Program will provide free antibiotic treatment in a timely, unhassled manner to sex partners of individuals diagnosed with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea infection, or both.
The EPT Program will be available to both City and non-City residents. Ms. Otero also stated, "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 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can also be made by calling the Health Center's front office at 717-849-2299.
Contact for more information:
Planned Parenthood of Central PA - 717-845-9681
728 S. Beaver St.
York, PA 17403
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most commonly reported STDs in the City with incidence rates that are higher than the state's rates and many other communities across the state.
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.
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