Reporting of STDs
The following infections are reportable in Iowa:
- Chlamydia (for all anatomic sites)
- Gonorrhea (for all anatomic sites)
Medical providers who make these diagnoses and laboratories who find positive results for these infections are required to report. Many laboratories now have automated processes (e.g., Electronic Laboratory Reporting) to report their results. The technology for automated reporting from medical providers is not fully developed at this time.
The most common method of reporting by medical providers is by completing the form titled, “Iowa Confidential Report of Sexually Transmitted Disease – Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis”. The form may be faxed in to the number located at the bottom of the form.
Other methods of reporting must be arranged with the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) assigned to your area. There are 7 DIS at IDPH who cover regions in Iowa (exception – providers in Polk, Linn, Scott, and Black Hawk counties may work directly with their county health department).
DIS perform treatment verification on all reported cases of the above infections. Treatment is an important part of the medical provider’s report to IDPH. DIS work to ensure that persons diagnosed with the above infections are treated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STD Treatment Guidelines.
DIS offer partner services to persons diagnosed with gonorrhea or infectious syphilis.
DIS are available to assist you in contacting patients that are difficult to reach to ensure they are aware of their diagnosis and have received adequate treatment.
For questions related to reporting, please contact any of the following individuals: the DIS assigned to your region; Amanda Casson, STD Data Coordinator (515) 281-3031; or George Walton, STD Program Manager at (515) 281-4936.