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Communicable Disease & Emergency Preparedness Mission:

"Protect the population of Whatcom county from communicable disease through case investigation and surveillance, and lead in Public Health preparedness."

Disease Investigation and Surveillance Program

STD Resources and Information for Health Care Providers

STDs are legally reportable within 3 working days (See WAC 246-101-101).  While this short reporting period is a challenge, it helps the Whatcom County Health Department assure partners are treated as quickly as possible.  Please complete and fax to our confidential fax line: (360) 676-7646

Reporting

STD Report Form

Expedited Partner Therapy Treatment

Expedited Partner Therapy Program provides treatment for sex partners of infected individuals. This treatment can be offered without requiring partners to be tested or seen by health care providers.

All partners of patients who test positive for chlamydia or gonorrhea should be treated as if they are infected. This includes sex partners from 60 days prior to the date the patient was tested.

Patients may be given medication to give to their sex partners. This is called Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT). Whatcom County and the WA Department of Health provide free medications for partners of patients who test positive for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

You can call or fax the prescriptions directly to one of the Whatcom County EPT participating pharmacies.  Only these pharmacies stock the free treatment packs. The treatment packs include allergy information, medication and prevention messages.

Guidelines/Forms

Rx Fax Form for Partner Therapy
STD Treatment Guidelines
Gonorrhea Treatment Guidelines
Syphilis: Algorithm for Reactive Treponemal Antibodies                                       

STD Resources for Healthcare Providers

Additional EPT/PDPT Information

Communicable disease nurses are available at (360) 676-4593, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 4:30 pm to consult with healthcare professionals regarding testing and prevention of infectious diseases.