What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread from an infected person to another person during vaginal, anal or oral sexual activity.
A reportable STD means that the lab and medical provider are mandated to report your STD to your local public health department.  Your local health department will be contacting you to do intervention and consultation and disease surveillance.


AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis B, C, and D are reportable communicable diseases that can be spread during sexually activity.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

On May 11, 2010 Governor Doyle signed into law the 2009 Wisconsin Act 280 for expedited partner therapy (EPT) which was effective as of May 26, 2010. This law allows doctors to give prescriptions to patient’s partners. Please visit the Expedited Partner Therapy webpage for more information.

Places to go for STD testing

If you are sexually active, it is important to get tested for STDs. Even if you have no symptoms, you could still be infected.

Public STD Clinics in Wisconsin

Planned Parenthood Clinics

Your own medical provider

Treatment guidelines for STDs

Many STDs are treatable with medication. If you are diagnosed with an STD, you will be treated based on the following guidelines.

CDC 2015 Guidelines for Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases