The CDC recommends that sexually active individuals get tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) at least once a year. A full STI panel check should be performed; it includes a blood draw lab to check for syphilis and HIV. STIs including syphilis and HIV are increasing in Whatcom County, so it is important to know your status to make healthy and safe sexual choices. More frequent testing is recommended for those who consider themselves at higher risk, or who are encouraged to do so by their provider.
If you have questions about how to test, or resource needs related to sexual health, please contact our sexual health nurses. We are here to help you and your partner(s) navigate ways to maintain a healthy sexual lifestyle. You can get connected with a sexual health nurse by calling us at 360-778-6100.
STI Resources and Information for Health Care Providers
STDs are legally reportable within 3 working days (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 at 360-778-6103.