Sexual Health

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get from having sex with someone who has the infection. Some STDs can be cured and some cannot. It’s is important to understand sexual health and to be aware of symptoms.

There are more than 20 STDs. Here are a few common STDs and symptoms:

  • Chlamydia – You might notice a burning feeling when you urinate or abnormal discharge from your vagina or penis.
  • Gonorrhea – In women, the early symptoms of gonorrhea often are mild. Later, it can cause bleeding between periods, pain when urinating, and increased discharge from the vagina.
  • Syphillis – The early stage of syphilis usually causes a single, small, painless sore. Sometimes it causes swelling in nearby lymph nodes. If you do not treat it, syphilis usually causes a non-itchy skin rash, often on your hands and feet.
  • HIV/Aids – The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. These may come and go a month or two after infection. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) – Some people develop genital warts from HPV infection, others have no symptoms. Your health care provider can treat or remove the warts.
  • Genital Herpes – Sometimes people do not know they have herpes because they have no symptoms or very mild symptoms. You usually get sores near the area where the virus has entered the body. They turn into blisters, become itchy and painful, and then heal.

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* We do not diagnose or treat possible STD infections. If you are concerned about any possible STD symptoms you need to see a physician or consult your local Health Department.