What are STD's?
STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which can be passed from one person to another, usually during sex or intimate contact. STD's can cause infertility, birth defects if you are pregnant, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses.
What are the most common STD's and what are their symptoms?
Chlamydia..... (English) - (Espanol)
Genital Warts (HPV)..... (English) - (Espanol)
Gonorrhea..... (English) - (Espanol)
Herpes..... (English) - (Espanol)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)..... (English) - (Espanol)
Syphilis..... (English) - (Espanol)
Trichomoniases..... (English) - (Espanol)
Non-STD-Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)..... (English) - (Espanol)
How soon after exposure can I be tested for STD's and at what point can they be detected?
We recommend 7 – 10 days after exposure for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Others vary with each STD and individual. Call (269) 966-6363 for further questions or information.
Are STD's treatable?
Most STD's are treatable and curable. ALL are preventable. Early treatment is the next best thing to never getting a STD. Not being treated can be fatal.
What can I do to protect myself against STDs?
- Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex (abstinence) is the best way to protect yourself.
- Use condoms or other barrier methods every time you have sex.
- Learn about STDs and how they are spread.
- Talk to your partners about safe sex practices.
- Limit the number of partners you have sex with. This decreases your risk of exposure.
- Don't combine sex, drugs, and alcohol.
- Avoid situations that may increase your risk of exposure.
- Do not share needles or syringes for drugs. Do not share needles or inks for tattoos and/or body piercings.
- If you have had unsafe sex - get tested!
Can pregnant women become infected with STD's?
Yes. Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same STD's as women who are not pregnant. Because the consequences of an STD can be significantly more serious, even life-threatening, for a woman and her baby if the woman becomes infected with an STD while pregnant, it is important that women be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and know how to protect themselves and their children against infection. More information STD's and pregnancy.
Where can I get tested?
Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD)
What are the latest CDC STD Guidelines?
2010 STD Treatment Guidelines