STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are highly infectious diseases that are easily spread through sexual contact. ANYONE can contract a STD. Women and men of all ages, races and backgrounds can be affected. Millions of people contract one or more STDs every year. Early detection is the key to receiving effective treatment when available. Often people have no symptoms but when left untreated STDS can cause infertility, cancer and even death.
The following risk factors increase your chances of getting an STD:
- Multiple sex partners
- Unprotected intercourse, including oral sex
- Drug abuse, including alcohol use
Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to a STD or who has one the above risk factors should be tested. Click on one of the CDC links at left to learn more about common STDs, including symptoms. Testing available to patients under 18. Free condoms and ECP (morning after pill) are available.