Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are infections that can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact. They are caused by a variety of organism including bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and parasites. Some of the most common STIs include syphilis, chlamydia, genital warts (HPV), and human imunodeficiency virus (HIV). STIs can lead to psychological and physical discomfort and severe complications such as infertility, premature births, blindness, and even death. Many sexually transmitted infections do not have any symptoms. As a result, many infections are transmitted unknowingly to others and are unreported.
Some of the common symptoms of STIs 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.
In order to eliminate and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, the McIntosh County Health Department provides free confidential testing, evaluation, health education, and treatment for the following STIs:
The McIntosh County Health Department provides confidential testing and referral services at no charge for HIV, through our STI and Family Planning Clinics. Treatment is not provided for HIV. The McIntosh County Health Department also performs visual examination, health education, and referral services at no charge for the following STIs:
- Pubic lice (crabs)
- Genital warts
- Genital herpes
Testing is always confidential. No fee is charged for STI services.
If you have symptoms of an STI or suspect you may have been exposed, please visit the McIntosh County Health Department or your physician's office. For further information call the Eufaula clinic at (918) 689-7774 or the Checotah clinic at (918) 473-5416 or click on the link below.