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STDs - Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain STDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. In addition to the physical and psychological consequences of STDs, these diseases exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs associated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $15.3 billion annually in 2007 dollars.
The 3T's to prevent the spread of STDs:
- Talk: Talk to your partner and your health care provider about risk factors, safer sex methods and testing
- Test: Make an appointment for STD testing
- Treat: Treat the disease and avoid additional health problems
About Our Program
The Sexually Transmitted Disease Program provides intervention and prevention services countywide to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in our community. We work cooperatively with local providers, community service agencies, and area colleges to reach as many at risk people as possible.
The Volusia County Health Department provides the following:
Screening for sexually transmitted diseases
Treatment and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases
Outreach to health fairs, shelters, community programs, schools, and community agencies to raise awareness to sexually transmitted diseases and how to prevent the spread
All Volusia County Health Department sexually transmitted disease intervention specialists have attained advanced disease intervention certification through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What are sexually transmitted diseases?
The term sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is used to refer to a variety of clinical syndromes caused by pathogens that can be acquired and transmitted through sexual activity. Physicians and other health-care providers play a critical role in preventing and treating STDs.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Related Conditions
The STDs below are listed in alphabetical order. Click on one of the boxes to find out more information about that particular STD.
Page last updated: 11/15/12