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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Services is a section of the Office of Infectious Disease and Reproductive Health in the Division of Community and Family Health.  The program is responsible for the control and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases within the state of Washington.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) components that are funded are: Comprehensive STD Prevention System, Infertility Prevention Project (IPP), Syphilis Elimination Effort, Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (separate grant application) and Chlamydia Evaluation Initiative.  The State has been funded for the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) to conduct behavioral, demographic and STD/HIV related services surveillance among the patients attending Harborview STD clinic.

Washington State has a provider based reporting system with over 1,400 different providers reporting 25,000 STD cases in 2009.  During the last 5 years Washington has seen increases in morbidity and case rates in chlamydia.  The population has increased slightly, during this time, from 5.8 to 6.6 million.  Syphilis occurs mainly in Seattle-King County.

The public laboratories that provide STD testing in the State include the State laboratory, PHSKC, University of Washington and the regional Spokane Laboratory. These labs perform the Chlamydia (CT) and gonorrhea (GC) tests from all IPP clinics (currently about 140). The Washington State lab and PHSKC lab process all confirmatory syphilis tests for all laboratories in the State.

Washington State has a long history of excellence in STD prevention in both programmatic activities and research. The University of Washington’s Center for AIDS and STD in collaboration with Public Health-Seattle & King County is recognized internationally as a research facility for patient care and medical training/education. The STD Services is currently in collaboration with the University of Washington in a Statewide Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) program funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

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Infertility Prevention

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Syphilis Elimination

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Quick Facts

Program Funding:
CSPS Award: $1,323,205
Syphilis Elimination: $309,347
IPP Award: $954,779
State Funding: $538,798
Other Funding: HIV Funding: $3,033,238
Latest Annual Rates of STD’s:
P&S Syphillis: 2.2 per 100,000
Chlamydia: 317.6 per 100,000
Gonorrhea: 71.4 per 100,000
HIV: 9 per 100,000

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