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 Intervention 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 for more information
Albert S. Weyer Health Center