Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
The Health Department is currently able to screen for the following STDs: HIV, Syphilis (blood test), Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and genital warts in anyone who is sexually active, and Trichomoniasis in women. We can diagnose Herpes Simplex Virus if active lesions are present. We are able to treat most of these diseases and known contacts or refer to another facility if needed.
The Health Department offers free condoms to the public during business hours. Condoms are placed in envelopes at the receptionist’s area in the clinic lobby for confidentiality. You may also ask your health care provider for condoms during your visit.
More information on STDs is below:
What is an STD?
An STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) is an infection that is passed between partners during sex.
STDs are serious. Some STDs infect only your sexual and reproductive organs. Others (HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis) cause general body infections. Sometimes you can have an STD with no signs or symptoms. Or the symptoms may go away. Either way, you still have the STD until you get treated.
How is an STD spread?
STD is spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching. Some STDs (HIV and hepatitis B) are also spread by contact with infected blood. STD germs need to live in warm, moist areas. That’s why they infect the mouth, rectum and sexual organs.
What to watch for…
- an unusual discharge or smell from your vagina.
- pain in your pelvic area which is the area between your belly button and sex organs.
- burning or itching around your vagina.
- bleeding from your vagina that is not your regular period.
- pain deep inside your vagina when you have sex.
- a drip or discharge from your penis.
BOTH MEN AND WOMEN:
- sores, bumps or blisters near your sex organs, rectum or mouth.
- need to urinate (pee) often.
- itching around your sex organs
- a swelling or redness in your throat.
- flu-like feeling, with fever, chills and aches.
- swelling in your groin.