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.
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).