Many contagious diseases, if disregarded or left untreated, have the potential to spread into whole communities.

Public health laws have been passed to help protect the public from such diseases. Under Texas law, these diseases are required to be reported under Title 25, Texas Administrative code, Chapter 97. Failure to report is a Class B Misdemeanor.

Transmittable diseases that are reportable

All positive test results for the following diseases are considered by law as reportable:

  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV, including CD4 counts and viral loads
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Syphilis
  • Tuberculosis

Reporting these diseases helps Public Health take action that can break the chain of infection and stop possible outbreaks. It also makes partner notification more likely to occur; and if additional services are needed, referrals will be made quickly. Clients and partners are treated non-judgmentally and with respect.


Sexual Health form, pen, syringe


Public Health’s notification process ensures confidential, consistent

and accurate information for clients and partners.


Who should report?

Any person having documented knowledge of a positive reportable disease or health condition is legally obligated to report. This includes:

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Health care providers
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Jails/Prisons
  • Laboratories

Patient information to be reported:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address, City/State, ZIP code
  • County
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Date test collected
  • Test type and results
  • Performing laboratory
  • Date lab reported results
  • Clinic’s complete address
  • Clinic’s telephone number


Where and how to report:

Contact the Tarrant County Public Health STD Surveillance Office 817-321-4864 or 4851.

Reporting forms are available from the STD Surveillance Office email.

Forms can also be ordered by phone.

Forms can be submitted by fax: 817-850-2355

When reporting, submit the completed disease reporting form to the Surveillance Office within 1-5 working days.