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Sexually Transmitted Disesases (STD)

STI Stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection

Or

STD Stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease.

What are Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) are diseases that can be passed from one person to another during all types of intimate sexual contact. Symptoms of STI's may include pain while urinating, burning, itching, sores, and bumps and/or blisters in the genital area. However, a person may be infected with an STI and not have symptoms.

When a woman is pregnant, STIs can be more serious for her and her baby.

Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as women who are not pregnant. Pregnancy does not provide women or their babies any protection against STIs. The consequences of an STI can be significantly more serious, even life threatening, for a woman and her baby if the woman becomes infected with an STI while pregnant. It is important that women be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and know how to protect themselves and their children against infection.

Common STIs

·         Chlamydia

·         Gonorrhea

·         Syphilis

·         Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

·         Genital Herpes

·        HIV/AIDS

Testing

Anyone who is SEXUALLY ACTIVE should be tested once a year.   (This includes vaginal, oral, and/or anal sex.) Many people DO NOT EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS OF AN STI, which is why getting tested is important to prevent permanent damage.

  • You may still have an STI even though you feel fine.

  • Some STIs are easily treated and cured so early detection is key!

  • Be sure to ask your healthcare provider to test you for STIs — asking is the only way to know whether you are receiving the right tests. And don’t forget to tell your partner to ask a healthcare provider about STI testing as well.

  • Many STIs can be easily diagnosed and treated. If either you or your partner is infected, both of you need to receive treatment at the same time to avoid getting re-infected.

Testing Locations

·         Delavan Health Center - Planned Parenthood

312 S 7th St  Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-1849

·         Health & Counseling Services - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

710 W Starin Rd  Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-1300

·         Contact an urgent care center or your local physician.

Telling Your Partner

It is your responsibility to stop the spread of STDs after your diagnosis; tell your partner(s) they might be infected too.

1.       Tell them yourself (over the phone, text message, in person, etc)

2.       Seek help from your medical provider

3.       Send an anonymous email (inspot.org)

Tips to Stay Healthy

·         Abstain from all sexual encounters

·         You and your partner should be tested before engaging in sexual activity

·         Use a condom every time!

- Free Condoms Locally!

     - Planned Parenthood - 312 S 7th Street, Delavan WI  53115 (262) 728-1849

     - Walworth County Public Health - W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn WI  53121 (262) 741-3140

- Get vaccinated for HPV, Hep A & Hep B

·         Reduce your number of sexual partners

·         Mutual monogamy

What Public Health Does?

Upon notification that a person has an STD, he/she may be contacted by a public health nurse. Gonnorhea, chlamydia cases are reported to the Health Department. All communicable disease reports are confidential and not a part of the open records law. The purpose of the interview is to provide information on the STD that was reported, and hopefully determine the source of infection and prevent spread of the disease. Partners may then be notified of exposure and need for testing and/or treatment. The partner is never given the name of the person reporting his/her exposure.

Other Resources

·         CDC

·         Get Yourself Tested - MTV

·         The Wisconsin HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Information & Referral Center

·         National HIV and STD Testing Resources - STD Testing

Get Yourself Tested

Don't think you are healthy...KNOW!

Accidents Happen - GET TESTED!

 


 
 

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