SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs)
STIs affect people of all ages, backgrounds, and from all walks of life, with the highest infection rate occurring in those 15 to 24. If not identified and managed properly, STIs can cause serious complications. Our efforts to improve our community’s sexual health include confidential testing, examinations, and treatment for all ages.
WHAT & HOW?
STIs—also known as STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases—are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact that involves the genitals, mouth, or anus. STIs often have no symptoms, so many people who are infected, but unaware, give the disease to someone else. STIs can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth.
Chances of getting an STI increase if you have more than one sex partner, or if you do not use condoms.
Common STIs are:
- Hepatitis B
- Genital herpes
- HIV (the virus that causes AIDS)
- Genital warts
All services are confidential.
- Exams, testing, and treatment, including STI/HIV risk counseling;
- Treatment for sexual partners without the need for testing or a physical exam by a health care provider. (We provide prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to his or her partner.)
- HIV testing and counseling;
- STI monitoring, case investigation, control and prevention;
Call 360-337-5235 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.