Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program administers assessment, assurance, policy development and prevention strategies. The Program supports and maintains successful working relationships with local, state and federal agencies, primary health care providers, public health organizations and Native American healthcare units to prevent and control the spread of STDs.
The STD Program assists in revising the Administrative Rules governing control of HIV and STDs. Those rules, which have the effect of law, are renewed and revised when treatment guidelines are modified or legislative changes require revision.
Partner services, including notification to sexual partners of exposure, medical evaluation, risk reduction counseling, and appropriate referrals are provided by local health departments. Identified partners of STD cases who cannot afford treatment qualify for the DPHHS-sponsored indigent drug fund which provides medication at no cost to the patient.
The STD/HIV Section uses the services of community and statewide media representatives, and local public health department, STD, and HIV clinic liaisons, to access and provide information to community and tribal leaders.
Continued Syphilis Transmission in Montana, Including Increasing Impact on Women
Once felt to be nearly eliminated, syphilis is again rearing its ugly head across the nation and in Montana. In 2017 a total of 48 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported. In prior years (2014-2016) about one case was reported each month, but since 2017 one case is reported every week, on average. Most persons at risk are men who have sex with men, but in 2018 there have also been women of childbearing age affected by syphilis. Untreated syphilis can cause severe complications, especially for the unborn child. Find out where to get tested below!
Health Alert: Continued Syphilis Transmission in Montana, Including Increasing Impact on Women
Press Release: Recent syphilis cases in Montana affecting more women
2017 Preliminary STD Data
Health Alert Network Messages sent to health departments, tribal health entities and other organizations.
Communicable Disease in Montana Annual Report for 2015 and 2016.
Resources for the Public
List of STD Clinics in Montana
How Often Should I be Screened for STDs?
More questions about STDs? Check out these STD Fact Sheets from the Centers for Disease Control
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine
Resources for Syphilis
Syphilis Fact Sheet
Background and History of Syphilis
Syphilis Treatment and Care
Resources for Chlamydia
Chlamydia Fact Sheet
Resources for Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea Fact Sheet
Resources for Health Providers
Partner Services Quick Guide
STD and HIV Screening Recommendations
CDC Partner Services Quick Guide
CDC Partner Services Guidelines
CDC’s 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines
Montana Annotated Codes (MCA) STD Statutes
STD Reporting Forms
Instructions for Case Reporting in Montana
STD Reporting Forms (Word)
STD Reporting Forms (PDF)