Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections you may get or acquire by having sex with someone who has an STD. If you have sex just once with an infected partner, you can become infected whether the sex is genital, oral or anal. You often will not be able to tell if your partner has an STD, because sometimes there are no visible warning signs.
Some STDs leave women unable to have children. Some may kill you or have long-term effects on your health. If a woman is pregnant, and has an STD, she and her developing baby may both be affected.
The most common symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases are genital burning, itching and discharge. Whenever symptoms appear that may indicate a sexually transmitted disease, contact your health care provider right away.
STD prevention and treatment services are available to anyone at the Putnam County Health Department. If you are sexually active, we invite you to make an appointment and come in for a complete examination. If you have symptoms of a STD, we do accept walk-in patients. Other STD related services offered include free condoms, partner referral services and community presentations on STDs and prevention.
The Putnam County Health Department has specially trained nurses and physicians to examine, diagnose and treat both men and women. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to decrease complications and in many cases obtain a complete cure. STD examinations are by appointment any day of the week.
If you are sexually active you can protect yourself by taking the following precautions:
- Don't treat sex casually
- Have only one sex partner
- Don't use street drugs
- Always use a condom
Remember: Not having sex is the best way to protect you from an STD
LinksBureau of STD Prevention & Control
Florida Department of Health notifiable disease reporting list
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sexually Transmitted Diseases