How to Report a Sexually Transmitted Infection
Reporting Sexually Transmitted Infections in New York State
How to Report to the Local Health Department
Sexually transmitted infections must be reported to the county health department in which your patient resides. It is completely acceptable for healthcare providers or their representative to call the local health department to report by phone. In Ontario County, call 585-396-4343 or 1-800-299-2995.
To increase efficiency in reporting, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) requires laboratories to upload positive STI findings to the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS). Local health department staff receive STI reports via this system Monday through Friday.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
Upon receiving reports, the STI Coordinator will confirm county of residence and generate a patient-specific STI Reporting Form. This form is faxed to the provider who submitted the laboratory sample. Some providers prefer to initiate this process without prompting from the local health department and keep a supply of STI Reporting Forms on hand. Completed forms should be faxed with a cover sheet to 585-396-4551; attention STI Coordinator.
New York State has recently increased the amount of information it requests regarding patient sexual history. This information is used for statistical purposes and in the course of contact investigations, should they be indicated. Contact investigations are done for all cases of gonorrhea and for some cases of chlamydia, depending on the circumstances (repeat infections, infections in very young patients, etc.). Patients diagnosed with gonorrhea should expect a call from a NYSDOH caseworker who specializes in STI's.
Upon receiving serology suggestive of syphilis infection, health department staff will confirm county of residence and generate a patient-specific Syphilis Reporting Form. This form will be faxed to the provider who submitted the laboratory sample. Local health department staff will work closely with the NYSDOH and the medical provider to confirm stage of infection and advise appropriate treatment. Patients diagnosed with syphilis will be contacted by the NYSDOH regarding sexual contacts and history of prior treatment for syphilis. For a printable version of the Syphilis Reporting Form, click here. Completed forms should be faxed with a cover sheet to 585-396-4551; attention STI Coordinator.
Chancroid and LGV
These illnesses occur less frequently than the aforementioned. Positive laboratory results will be followed up by a phone call from the STI Coordinator. To report these illnesses directly, call 585-396-4343 or 1-800-299-2995.