Sexually transmitted disease surveillance monitors and analyzes data on syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. Data collected include, but are not limited to, demographic, geographic and disease/condition-specific information.

Accurate identification and timely reporting are integral parts of successful disease control, enabling public health agencies to:

  • Identify contacts who may be infected or other individuals at risk for infection,
  • Determine the incidence and prevalence of sexually transmitted disease(s) in a specific area of the state,
  • Assist physicians and clinics in evaluating illnesses in their patients and communities and,
  • Assist the public in making better decisions regarding their health and lifestyle.

Successful sexually transmitted disease surveillance enhances control efforts, such as identifying changes in disease trends that may indicate increased incidence, and developing prevention/intervention strategies and policies to stem spread of disease.