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Sexually Transmitted Infections

STIs

The New York State Health Department tells us that over 65 million people in the United States have a chronic, incurable sexually transmitted infection (STI). Every year, another 15 million people become newly infected with an STI. Without treatment, these diseases can lead to major health problems such as sterility, permanent brain damage, heart disease, cancer, and even death.


 How do STIs Spread?

Sexually transmitted diseases are spread by having unprotected sex (genital, oral, or anal) with a person who has a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are more than 30 STDs. These include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, and HIV among others. One out of 4 Americans between 15 and 55 years old will catch one or more of these infections during their lifetimes.


What are Some Common Symptoms?

Most people are unaware that they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because they do not notice the symptoms or do not have any symptoms. Millions of people don’t know they’re infected until serious and often permanent damage has occurred or until they pass the infection to someone else. The more people you have unprotected sex with, the greater the chances are that you will get an STI. If you have had unprotected sex, get tested for STIs, even if you feel fine. If you’re a teen, try to talk to your parents. If you can’t talk to your parents, you can get treatment by yourself—teens don’t need their parents’ permission to get an STI treated.

Go to a doctor’s office or clinic right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain when you go to the bathroom
  • A strange fluid or drip from the penis or vagina 
  • Bleeding between periods (women)

Can STIs be Treated?

Most STIs can be treated. If you have an STI, tell your partner(s) that they need to get tested too. Take all of the prescribed medicine even when you feel better. Never take someone else’s medicine. Do not have sex until you and your partner are treated.

The Clinton County sponsored STI clinics provide diagnosis, treatment, and education about sexually transmitted infections, as well as Hepatitis B vaccinations, confidential HIV counseling and testing, and help notifying partners.

 

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Further Reading

STI Brochure

CDC STD Site

CDC Fact Sheets

STI Clinic Location

NY State DOH Information 


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department 
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848   

ATUPA

 

 

 

   

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menu

Sexually Transmitted Infections

STIs

The New York State Health Department tells us that over 65 million people in the United States have a chronic, incurable sexually transmitted infection (STI). Every year, another 15 million people become newly infected with an STI. Without treatment, these diseases can lead to major health problems such as sterility, permanent brain damage, heart disease, cancer, and even death.


 How do STIs Spread?

Sexually transmitted diseases are spread by having unprotected sex (genital, oral, or anal) with a person who has a sexually transmitted disease (STD). There are more than 30 STDs. These include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis B, and HIV among others. One out of 4 Americans between 15 and 55 years old will catch one or more of these infections during their lifetimes.


What are Some Common Symptoms?

Most people are unaware that they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because they do not notice the symptoms or do not have any symptoms. Millions of people don’t know they’re infected until serious and often permanent damage has occurred or until they pass the infection to someone else. The more people you have unprotected sex with, the greater the chances are that you will get an STI. If you have had unprotected sex, get tested for STIs, even if you feel fine. If you’re a teen, try to talk to your parents. If you can’t talk to your parents, you can get treatment by yourself—teens don’t need their parents’ permission to get an STI treated.

Go to a doctor’s office or clinic right away if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Pain when you go to the bathroom
  • A strange fluid or drip from the penis or vagina 
  • Bleeding between periods (women)

Can STIs be Treated?

Most STIs can be treated. If you have an STI, tell your partner(s) that they need to get tested too. Take all of the prescribed medicine even when you feel better. Never take someone else’s medicine. Do not have sex until you and your partner are treated.

The Clinton County sponsored STI clinics provide diagnosis, treatment, and education about sexually transmitted infections, as well as Hepatitis B vaccinations, confidential HIV counseling and testing, and help notifying partners.

 

INFO BAR 


Further Reading

STI Brochure

CDC STD Site

CDC Fact Sheets

STI Clinic Location

NY State DOH Information 


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department 
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848   

ATUPA