Sexually Transmitted Diseases
What is an STD?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections passed from one person to another during oral, vaginal or anal sex. STDs are very common, with 20 million new infections every year in the United States. As shown in the graph above, Marion County's rates are well above the state average for the number of reported cases, and growing. This only accounts for REPORTED cases, meaning that there are likely many more people infected with STDs who don't know it, or don't know how to seek testing and treatment for it.
Who is at risk?
EVERYONE! Put simply, anyone who is sexually active—whether oral, vaginal, or anal—is at risk for STDs. Those with new or more than one partner have a greater risk, but everyone who is sexually active should get tested regularly.
Tested for what?
When you go in for STD testing, you'll be screened for a number of infections, including:
GET TESTED and avoid long term complications, like infertility.
What if I don't have any symptoms?
Still get tested. Most people do not show symptoms, which is a common reason people do not seek testing. Whether or not you have symptoms, if you are sexually active, get tested!
How do I get tested?
Call your doctor or set up an appointment with a Marion County Public Health Clinic
, or check out the list of community testing events next to the Health Van icon below.
Monday & Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Call (503) 588-5342 to make an appointment
No one is ever turned away for inability to pay or lack of insurance. The appointments are easy and you will have your results back in 7-14 days. If you don't hear from us, there's nothing to worry about. No news is good news.
If any of your tests come back positive, we'll contact you and get you started on treatment right away. Help us end the spread of these highly preventable diseases, get tested, and practice safe sex.
How do I prevent STDs?