Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually Transmitted Diseases | Sexually Transmitted Infections2018-08-24T13:08:51+00:00

At Cobb & Douglas Public Health we are committed to educating the community, encouraging testing and ultimately reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and infections through prevention efforts, surveillance, risk reduction education, testing, treatment, partner notification and the provision of medical and social referrals as appropriate.

What Is A Sexually Transmitted Infection/Disease? (also referred to as STD Or STI)

This is an infection or disease that is passed during sexual contact through contact with infected bodily fluids: blood, semen, vaginal secretions, infected skin or mucous membranes (sores in the mouth). Signs or symptoms are not guaranteed. Or symptoms may be temporary and resolve on their own. You are still infected until you receive treatment. These infections are spread during vaginal, anal and oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching. HIV and Hepatitis B are also commonly spread by sexual contact, needle sharing for drug use, tattoos, etc.

How You Can Protect Yourself From Sexually Transmitted Diseases And Infections:

Abstinence is the only sure way to avoid contact with a sexually transmitted disease or infection.

If You Have Sex:

    •  Use latex condoms with a water-based lubricant during sex.
    •  Allergic to latex?  Use polyurethane condoms.
    •  Condoms are available for both men and women.

Are You Positive, You’re Negative?

Have regular physical exams which include sexually transmitted disease screenings. If you think you’ve been exposed or feel you are having symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease or infection, get tested.

Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections:

Bacterial Vaginosis
Chlamydia
Genital Warts
Human Papilomavirus-HPV
Gonorrhea
Hepatitis B
Human Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV
Herpes
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pthirus pubis – Pubic Lice
Syphilis
Trichomoniasis

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm and http://dph.georgia.gov/std-epidemiology

STD/STI Clinic:

The STI/STD clinic accepts walk-in patients.  The number of walk-in patients we see each day varies depending our clinic staff and the number of patients who have not kept their appointment.

The STI/STD clinic offers same day appointments. Similar to walk-in patients, the number of same-day appointments varies each day depending our clinic staff and patient load.

Cost: CDPH is unable to provide free services to STI/STD patients. The cost depends on the number of people in your family and your income (a sliding fee scale). We ask that you provide proof of income the day of your appointment.  Acceptable Proof of Income includes:

  • Two recent pay stubs (One pay stub is acceptable in some cases)
  • 2013 W-2 or Tax papers
  • Award letter from Unemployment or Disability
  • Financial Aid/Loan Paperwork (College students)
  • High School Students (ages 18 and older) must bring a Progress Report or School ID with the current school year on it

Without acceptable Proof of Income, the cost of STI/STD services is $111.00. Dependent on income and family size, the cost of STI/STD services is $88.80, $66.60, $44.40 or $27.75 for new clients.

HIV: How do I get tested for HIV?

Cobb & Douglas Public Health offers walk-in opt-out testing for HIV in the Adult Health Clinic, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call 770-514-2380 for more information.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health also sponsors special free HIV testing events throughout the year at various public health centers and locations. Call 770-514-2815 for more information on HIV Prevention outreach and testing events.

To speed up the check-in process, please print and fill out the following forms before you arrive:

Adult Health History- English
Adult Health History- Spanish
HIPAA
HIPAA- Spanish

If these forms are not completed prior to your arrival, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
*If you arrive more than 20 minutes late for your appointment, you will need to reschedule for another time.