​​​​​​​​​​​​​Description​

The goal of the HIV/STD Surveillance Program is to control and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infectio​ns and diseases in the community. This is done through investigating cases or suspect cases of reportable sexually transmitted infections and diseases (per Title 17 Reportable Diseases and Conditions), following up on exposed contacts, coordinating laboratory testing, educating the community, providing technical guidance on prevention and control measures, and assisting in outbreak investigations among others duties.


Services Provided


Program Staff

Program staff include a Program Coordinator, Communicable Disease Investigators (Disease Intervention Specialists), and clerical support.


What Are STDs? 

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, are very common. STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They can also be passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact, such as heavy petting, though this is not very common.

STDs are preventable. If you have sex, know how to protect yourself and your sexual partner from STDs. To learn more about STDs, click HERE.


Which STDs Must Be Reported to the Health Department? 

California State law requires many communicable diseases to be reported to the local health department (Reportable Diseases and Conditions). Among them are the following STDs:

  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis (infections, latent (early & late), late stages & congenital)
  • Chlamydia
  • Chancroid
  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • Viral Hepatitis (A,B and C)
  • Amebiasis
  • Giardiasis
  • Cryptosporidiosis

Which STDs Are Not Reported to the Health Department? 

The following infections can result from intimate or sexual contact with an infected person. Health professionals are not required to report these cases to the local health department:

  • Herpes genitalis
  • Trichomonas infection
  • ​Genital warts​
  • Pubic lice ("crabs")
  • Granuloma inguinale
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Scabies

Is Reporting of STDs Confidential? 

Yes. All reports are handled as highly confidential.


What Type of Assistance Is Available for Partner Notification? 

Persons who are diagnosed with a STD are encouraged to notify their partners and refer them for evaluation and treatment. This is often easier said than done. However, the person with the infection is the only one who is truly knowledgeable about who has been exposed. Call Sacramento County Public Health Partner Services Hotline, 916-875-1100, or visit www.tellyourpartner.org for partner notification services.

Is Partner Notification Handled Confidentially? 

Yes. Notification of contacts is done in a way that makes every effort to protect the identity of the person who was diagnosed with the STD.


Contact Information

9616 Micron Ave., Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95827 | Map
Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Telephone: (916) 874-2738

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