Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact. They are caused by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and parasites. Some of the most common STDs include pubic lice (crabs) chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), gonorrhea, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). They can lead to psychological and physical discomfort and severe complications such as infertility, premature births, blindness, and even death. Many sexually transmitted diseases do not have any symptoms. As a result, many infections are transmitted unknowingly to others and are unreported.
Some of the common symptoms of STDs in males and females include:
- Sores, bumps, or blisters near genitals or mouth
- Burning or pain when urinating
- Slight sore throat
- Fever, chills, achy feeling
- Rectal itching, pain or discharge
- Discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum
Testing is always confidential, Treatment will be provided when possible and referrals will be made as needed for treatment that the health department cannot provide for. At this time, the health department does not treat: HIV, Herpes, Genital Warts, Pubic Lice (crabs).
If you have experienced symptoms, or suspect that you have been exposed to an STD, please contact the Atoka County Health Department or your physician’s office to schedule an appointment for testing.