What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. The contact is usually vaginal, oral, or anal sex. But sometimes they can spread through other intimate physical contact. This is because some STDs, like herpes and HPV, are spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Who should get tested for STDs?
As long as you’re sexually active, you should be tested for STDs at least once a year. If you have more than one partner, share intravenous (IV) needles, or don’t always practice safer sex by using a condom each time you have intercourse, you should be tested every three to six months.
When caught early enough, most STDs are treatable and even curable. Those that aren’t curable can be managed once you know you have them. Often times those who are infected are asymptomatic (show no signs or symptoms).
Individuals 18 and under no parent or guardian required.
Cochise Health and Social Services offers confidential STD testing and treatment at all 5 health department locations. Please call for an appointment.