STD Toolkit

Partner Management for Patients

Questions on how to notify partners if you have an STD? We can help you do that

WHY NOTIFY MY PARTNER?

Letting a sexual partner know if you have an STD is an important step to ending the cycle of STDs in our community. STDs can sometimes have long-term health consequences if not treated. It's important that a sexual partner knows if he/she has been exposed so that they can get tested and treated to prevent the further spread of disease, or to prevent negative health outcomes.

HOW CAN I LET MY PARTNER KNOW IF THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN EXPOSED?

It's important to know that you do not have to notify your partners by yourself! Services exist that help you notify partners of an STD exposure. Notifying your partners can be done anonymously through a partner notification tool called inSPOT, or through health department staff called Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS).

  • The partner notification site inSPOT is FREE to use! This site sends anonymous e-cards to the exposed partner. Your partner will not know that it was sent from you.
  • Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services has DIS who work to make sure that patients with STDs get treated and that sex partners are notified of an exposure, tested, and treated.

Partner notification through inSPOT or through County DIS services is completely anonymous. Your partner(s) will not know that it was you who exposed them to an STD. The only way your partner will know if you have an STD is by you telling them.

CAN I CALL A DIS TO HELP ME NOTIFY MY PARTNER(S)?

Yes! You can call the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services DIS line at: (269) 373-5233. They will attempt to make contact with your partner(s) anonymously. Staff are highly trained to speak with partners and not disclose your identity or health information.