Sexually Transmitted INfections
What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease/Sexually Transmitted Infection?
Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, are also referred to as Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs. The term STD or STI does not refer to any one disease, but includes more than 25 infectious organisms that are transmitted through sexual activity, as well as the many clinical syndromes (effects) they cause.
STDS are almost always spread from person to person by sexual intercourse, most commonly by vaginal or anal intercourse but also through oral sex.
Pregnant women with STDs may pass their infections to infants during pregnancy, birth, or through breastfeeding. Some STDs, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, are also transmitted through blood-to-blood contact.
For example through sharing of needles or equipment to inject drugs, body piercings, tattoos, sharing toothbrushes, sharing razors, rough sex, and sex during menstruation.
If you experience symptoms such as itching, burning or pain, unusual discharge, bleeding, or sores-stop having sex and see a healthcare provider immediately. Sexual activity should not resume until all partners have been examined, tested, and treated if necessary.
BCHD STD Clinic
Our STD clinic is available to any person who believes they may have been exposed to an STD. This clinic is built upon the trusting bond between nurse and patient to deliver the most concise and sensitive care. Burke County Health Department provides free and confidential screening and clinical services. Testing and counseling services are also offered through testing agencies, non-traditional counseling, testing and referral sites throughout the state.
STD education is particularly important to the prevention of disease spread. Each patient will spend time with the nurse discussing STD transmission, prevention, treatment, and in some cases, it will involve contact investigation.
Call today for your STD physical exam, laboratory screening, treatment, or education.
BCHD also provides free male and female condoms. Call 828.764.9150 for more information.