Sexually Transmitted Infections

Treatment and Screening Guidelines

Health Alerts

How to Report an STI

New York City's Health Code Article 11 requires that certain diseases and conditions be reported to the Health Department immediately and others within 24 hours. In addition to HIV/AIDS, seven STDs are reportable: Chancroid, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Granuloma inguinale, Neonatal Herpes (infants aged ≤ 60 days), Lymphogranuloma venereum, Syphilis (all stages, including congenital).

There are two options for reporting:

Read the Guide to Provider Reporting (PDF)

HIPAA and Provider Reporting (PDF)

Syndromic Management and Partner Treatment of STIs during Public Health Crises

Training Opportunities

The NYC STD HIV Prevention Training Center offers continuing medical and nursing education opportunities such as classes, clinical precepting, grand rounds presentations, webinars, print resources, clinical consults and technical assistance. Training activities focus on the prevention, diagnosis and management of STIs, including HIV, and its target audience includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants.

New York City Syphilis Registry

Licensed health care providers can access current and historical syphilis test results and treatment information in the New York City Syphilis Registry to inform the diagnosis and management of syphilis in their patients. For more information, see the Syphilis Registry Check (PDF).

Electronic Prescribing Mandate Waived for Expedited Partner Therapy

The New York State Commissioner of Health waived the electronic prescribing mandate in situations requiring the use of expedited partner therapy in March 2016 and issued a renewal (PDF) of the waiver in February 2019. Providers can continue to use paper prescriptions for the treatment of sex partner(s) of patients infected with Chlamydia trachomatis until March 24, 2020. Providers can order paper prescriptions from the New York State Department of Health.

For more information, visit Expedited Partner Therapy page.

Policy Updates

HIV Classified as STI

  • In 2017, the New York State Department of Health classified HIV as a sexually transmitted infection. With this change, minors can consent to HIV prevention and treatment services, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), without parental/guardian consent. Providers in any setting may provide these services to minors without parental/guardian consent or notification. Medical and billing records containing information regarding such services may not be sent to the parent/guardian without the minor’s consent. Minors may contact their health care plan and request that a different address be used for billing forms. New York City Health Department Sexual Health Clinics do not collect any insurance information for patients 19 years of age or younger.

Syphilis Screening During Pregnancy

  • As of November 15, 2019, the NYC Board of Health added a new section 11.33 to the Health Code to require health care providers to test all pregnant people for syphilis at 28 weeks of pregnancy, or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible but no later than at 32 weeks of pregnancy. Test results and a treatment plan must be documented in the medical record. Additional details on the mandate can be found under section “§11.33 Congenital Syphilis" of the NYC Health Code (PDF).

Patient Educational Materials

Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections:

Additional Resources