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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.

3T's of STDs talk, test, treat to prevent sexually transmitted diseases - opens in new window 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
 
Are you in the dark about STDs? - Opens in new window

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.

Our Services

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.

Bacterial Vaginosis. Any woman can get BV - Opens in new window   Chlamydia. Most people who have chlamydia donít know it since the disease often has no symptoms - Opens in new window   Gonorrhea. Anyone who is sexually active can get gonorrhea - Opens in new window

Hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. - Opens in new window   Herpes. Genital herpes is a common STD, and most people with genital herpes infection do not know they have it.  - Opens in new window   HIV/AIDS and STDs. Having an STD can make you more likely to get HIV - Opens in new window

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. - Opens in new window   Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can lead to serious consequences including infertility. - Opens in new window   Syphilis The sexual behaviors that spread syphilis also spread other STDs, like HIV - Opens in new window

Trichomoniasis Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is easy to cure - Opens in new window   Other STDs - Opens in new window

 

Other Resources

 

 

Visit - www.FACEitFlorida.com ... for an interactive conversation that is based on your situation - opens in new window in SPOT - Tell them if you've been exposed to an STD - send an anonymous ecard. Learn about cures and treatments. Find a clinic near you. - Opens in new window

Page last updated: 11/15/12