Yes. All reports are handled as highly confidential.
How many STDs are there?
There are many sexually transmitted diseases, though certain ones are better known because they are either common, serious or both. The most well known STDs include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes genitalis. Other sexually transmitted diseases include trichomonas infection, genital warts, pubic lice ("crabs"), lymphogranuloma venereum, chancroid, and granuloma inguinale.
STDs include infections that are not strictly transmitted by sexual means but can be spread in other ways, including sharing needles, fecal contamination, and skin-to-skin contact. An important example is HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS). Other examples of infections that can be transmitted to varying degrees through sexual contact are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, amebiasis, cytomegalovirus, cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and scabies.
Why is it important to know about STDs?
STDs can have serious consequences, including infertility, adverse effects on unborn children, and even death. An increased risk of cervical cancer has been linked with at least one type of STD. It is important to diagnose and treat STDs, both to preserve the health of the individual and to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Can STDs be cured?
Depending on the type of STD, treatment is available. Many can be cured. In some cases, the infection can be controlled but not cured. It is essential to treat all infected or exposed sex partners before resuming sexual relations. Otherwise, the cycle of infection will continue.
What are sexually transmitted diseases?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that spread through intimate heterosexual or homosexual contact. Anyone who has sexual contact with others who are infected can get a sexually transmitted disease.
Do I need to make an appointment for immunizations?
No appointments are given. This is a walk in, first come first serve clinic.
Where do I go for a full checkup?
You can go to your private doctor or contact Coastal Health and Wellness clinics to get registered by calling 409-938-2234.