Limited Availability of Bicillin L-A to Treat Syphilis
Sexually transmitted diseases are Oregon's most frequently reported infections and account for almost two-thirds of all reportable diseases.
Adolescents and young adults (15-24 years) have the highest infection rates. Most sexually transmitted diseases, if not identified and managed appropriately can cause serious complications. Women and newborns bear an inordinate share of complications.
The Oregon Health Authority has launched a syphilis awareness public health information campaign called SyphAware
. A variety of resources and information for providers are available.
New Notice of Proposed Rule-Making Hearing (Removal of PID from List of Reportable Diseases)
The Oregon Public Health Division is proposing the deletion of the clinical pelvic inflammatory disease from the list of reportable diseases and conditions. Further information on this proposed change can be found on page 2 of the June 14, 2016 CD Summary which also serves as the official Notice of Proposed Rule-Making Hearing.
Disease Intervention Specialists
STD intervention, prevention and control is a cooperative effort that involves private physicians, other health care providers, local and state health department personnel, and members of the community at large. A key player in the public health STD field is the Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS).