The Snohomish County Health Department is responsible for following up on all reported cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the county. This includes new cases of HIV.
Our program currently consists of one ARNP, one lead disease intervention specialist, six disease intervention specialists, and one program support staff.
Our disease intervention specialists follow up on all reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV in the county. Our job is to ensure individuals receive appropriate treatment and our staff also follow up with any partners they may have had to get them tested and treated if necessary.
In 2022 we were able to apply for legislatively provided funding to restart STI clinical services. These funds allowed our department to hire a full time ARNP who will begin seeing clients soon. By having a clinician in the department we are able to serve our community with comprehensive testing and treatment services without having to send them to another provider. This removes the barriers of transportation and potentially feeling uncomfortable going to a traditional healthcare provider setting.
Our goal is to prevent further spread of STIs and provide a safe and welcoming environment to everyone.