. . . . If you are diagnosed with an STD, it's important to tell your partners to get checked so that you don't get re-infected. If you have any questions and want to talk to a health educator at the Rhode Island Department of Health, you can call our RIghtTime notification hotline at 401-536-4342 (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Testing is what your doctor does if you're showing symptoms of an STD—like if you have sores on your genitals, which could be indicative of syphilis or herpes. "If you don't have symptoms but your. . .
. . . . . This is done because the fear of identification shouldn't stop anyone from being tested. After all, the purpose of disease reporting is simply to make certain that individuals receive appropriate treatment and to track the progress of STIs in various communities, not to stigmatize or shame people who test positive. 3. . .
. A specially trained person (Disease Intervention Specialist, or DIS) will confirm with your doctor that you were adequately treated for the STD, and in the case of syphilis, the DIS will probably contact you directly to discuss your infection and exposed partners. Make an appointment at a health center or clinic. If you think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor about getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Be sure to ask about getting tested for HIV, too. To find an STD clinic near you: Enter your ZIP code to find a local testing site; Call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) What about cost?. . The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health founded a multi-sector coalition focused on reducing STD disparities among youth. The coalition brings together healthdepartment staff, medical providers, faith leaders, teachers, business owners, and youth themselves to fight STDs and improve health in their community. . . .