Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections you can
get by having sex with someone who has one of these diseases. 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. Sometimes there are no
signs you can see. Click here for common
signs of STD infection.
Some STDs leave women unable to have children. Some can
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.
People who have sex can protect themselves by taking
precautions; don't treat sex casually, have only one sex partner, don't
use drugs, and always use a condom correctly. Condoms are
available for free from your county Health Clinic. Don't
take chances - STDs are preventable if you protect yourself!
The Columbia 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 given on Tuesdays of every week.
STD Clinic Hours
- 8:00AM-11:00AM -- 1:00PM-3:30PM
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. For more symptoms of the most common STDs, click