Talking about sex may not be a regular part of the doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. This can be especially true for adolescents and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Half of all new STD cases are in young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Below are tools and educational materials to help providers meet the sexual health needs of their patients, as well as guiding providers to resources to help improve patient care.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Herpes: Report Form. This form should be completed and submitted within 3 work days (WAV 246-101-101/301). Note on page 3 of this form there is a fax prescription for partners to pick up FREE medication at the pharmacy.
- Partner Treatment: The Grant County Health District asks that you make every effort to help patients assure that their partners are treated; either by seeing the partners yourself or by offering patients FREE medication to give to their partners (expedited partner therapy or EPT).
Healthcare Provider Resources
- STD Treatment Guidelines | DOH
- Taking a Sexual History | CDC
- STD Factsheets | CDC
- Health Care Providers & Teen Pregnancy Prevention | CDC
- Talking to Patients About Sexual Health
- American Sexual Health Association
- STD Clinical Consultation Network
- GCHD Health Officer’s Call To Action: Find out updated information on Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) packets and on STD /STI treatment from the Washington State Department of Health and the Grant County Health District.
Gonorrhea has progressively developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed to treat it.
Because of the ongoing gonorrhea outbreak and high syphilis rates in Grant County, it continues to be essential to correctly diagnose, treat and timely report STDs /STIs. In addition, we encourage all providers who identify patients with STDs to also test for HIV.
Questions? Contact GCHD at 509-766-7960