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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)

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.

Confidential and anonymous HIV testing available.

Communicable Disease

TB or Tuberculosis continues to remain in the United States, as well as Kentucky.

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department participates in the TB Prevention and Control Program.

TB is divided into Active or Latent TB. Active TB is a highly contagious disease and is spread through respiratory droplets (i.e. coughing/sneezing). Latent TB simply means the person has been exposed to TB at some point, however the person is NOT contagious. Active cases are closely monitored through DOT (Directly Observed Therapy). A Health Department nurse visits the patient daily to ensure they are taking their TB medications and to observe for side effects. TB skin tests are performed on at risk groups within our community to help eliminate TB. Click on the links at left to learn more about TB.

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