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Wash. Admin. Code § 246-100-202

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Reporting Requirements for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Health care providers must report each case of a sexually transmitted disease, and state and local health officials have the authority to conduct an interview or investigation of persons infected (or reasonably believed to be infected) with a sexually transmitted disease.  At each medical encounter with the infected patient, the provider must give the patient instructions regarding the communicable nature of the disease, state the requirements to refrain from acts that may transmit the disease to another person, and ensure completion of a prenatal serologic test for syphilis if the patient is pregnant. 

If a prenatal serologic test is needed, the provider must submit a blood sample for syphilis to an approved laboratory at the time of the first prenatal visit.  When caring for a pregnant patient with gonococcal or chlamydial ophthalmia neonatorum, a provider must instill a prophylactic ophthalmic agent into both eyes of the newborn up to two hours after the delivery has been made, regardless of whether the delivery occurred vaginally or by Cesarean section.

Related Laws: Wash. Rev. Code § 70.24.125

Current as of June 2015