Sexually Transmitted Disease Information
for Healthcare Providers

What you should do

Report cases

Licensed medical providers are required to report every case of PID, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis (all stages), LGV, chancroid and granuloma inguinale within 4 days of diagnosis. Complete and return a Sexually Transmitted Disease Case Report Form to the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program.

Offer partner services

When a case of infectious syphilis or gonorrhea is reported, partner services (which include eliciting names of partners, notification of partners, risk counseling, and referral for clinical services) will be provided by public health professionals.

In addition, expedited partner therapy (EPT) is now available under Rhode Island law as an option for providing partner treatment (primarily recommended for chlamydia) without the requirement of an examination. The Sexually Transmitted Disease Program has developed EPT guidelines to empower clinical practitioners to implement this law.

Refer patients to specialty services

There are several places in Rhode Island where you may refer patients for STD services such as testing, treatment, and vaccination. Healthcare providers at these sites may charge a co-pay, sliding scale fee, or full fee for services rendered. Lab services may be an additional charge.

Follow treatment guidelines

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010 address the treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They were updated by CDC after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs who met in Atlanta on April 18–30, 2009. The information in this report updates the 2006 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Included in these updated guidelines is new information regarding:

  • the expanded diagnostic evaluation for cervicitis and trichomoniasis;
  • new treatment recommendations for bacterial vaginosis and genital warts;
  • the clinical efficacy of azithromycin for chlamydial infections in pregnancy;
  • the role of Mycoplasma genitalium and trichomoniasis in urethritis/cervicitis and treatment-related implications;
  • lymphogranuloma venereum proctocolitis among men who have sex with men;
  • the criteria for spinal fluid examination to evaluate for neurosyphilis;
  • the emergence of azithromycin-resistant Treponema pallidum;
  • the increasing prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae;
  • the sexual transmission of hepatitis C;
  • diagnostic evaluation after sexual assault;
  • STD prevention approaches.

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