Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STD)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases are preventable, that means that if you are celibate/abstinent or always use condoms (correctly!), you are protecting yourself from STDs as well as you can. It is important to remember, however, that condoms are not a 100% effective prevention strategy, limiting your partners and sexual contact is important if you want to reduce your risk! Getting tested regularly for STD is recommended for anyone who is sexually active, and remember that your partners need to be tested as well!
Florida Department of Health in Manatee County provides free STD testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, and Syphilis on our mobile medical unit (pictured below). STD testing is also available at the Health Department in Clinic 3 from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. If you?d like to get tested on the mobile medical unit, you can call (941) 748-0747 Ext. 1456 for information on our schedule, or click below to view the current months schedule.
Mobile Medical Unit Testing Schedule(PDF - 87KB)
Below is some basic information on STD
- Sometimes called the Drip or the Clap
- Exposure through sexual contact
- Transmitted through body fluids
- Symptoms include painful discharges from penis or vagina, sores on or around genitals, and pelvic inflammatory disease in women.
- Can lead to long-term consequences and even death.
-Most common symptoms are sores on and around genitals that typically come in ?outbreaks?, swollen glands, and flu-like symptoms.
- Individuals may not have symptoms, but are still a carrier.
- Outbreaks are treatable, but not preventable. There is no cure or vaccine for Herpes
- HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is the cause of AIDS.
- Exposure through sexual contact Transmitted through body fluids
- Some people never have symptoms until they are diagnosed with AIDS (after their T-Cell count goes below 200/liter of blood)
- Symptoms can include night sweats, fever, aching or weak joints, and headaches.
- This disease weakens the immune system of those infected and leads to opportunistic disease infection and possible death.
- Infection leads to warts on and around the genitals that can be painful. HPV has been found to cause cervical cancer in women and anal/rectal and prostate cancer in men.
- There is a vaccine, known as Gardasil, which can prevent several forms of HPV. Currently, women between the ages of 9 and 26 are being encouraged to get vaccinated to prevent cervical cancer.
- Genital warts can be removed, but there is no cure for HPV.
- Symptoms include a rash on hands or feet that may or may not also be present on other areas of the body ? including genitals. Infection can also lead to fevers, sores, and painful chancres on the body.
- Syphilis can be fatal if left untreated.
Mobile Medical Unit Testing Schedule(PDF-87KB)
For more information please call
(941) 748-0747 Ext. 1265
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