At Cobb and 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:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus-HIV
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pthirus pubis – Pubic Lice
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*If you arrive more than 20 minutes late for your appointment, you will need to reschedule for another time.