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STD Control Program

STDs are caused by bacteria or viruses that are transmitted from person to person through oral, anal,  or vaginal sex.

Because of the high risk of reinfection, STDs are not considered to be fully treated until all exposed sex partners are treated.

Our STD Control Program works to control the spread of STDs in Philadelphia, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.

Through a partnership with the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, we also offer partner services to people infected with HIV.

What We Do
  • Provide education, urine-based screening, and treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia in all Philadelphia public high schools.
  • Provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of STDs through our free clinics at Health Center #1 and Health Center #5.
  • Control the spread of STDs by offering confidential services, including referral, testing, and treatment to the sex partners of infected people.
  • Provide or support gonorrhea and chlamydia screening services to public and private providers throughout Philadelphia.
  • Target communities at high risk for STDs by working with community-based organizations, including YOACAP (Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness), BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues), the Mazzoni Center, and others.
  • Provide advice and consultation to doctors, nurses, and other community partners about the diagnosis and treatment of STDs.
  • Provide free male and female condoms to community sites.

If you are a provider and would like to report an STD, please call 215-685-6737.


Find out more about STDS and get free condoms at TakeControlPhilly.