Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections that you can get by having sex with someone who has an STD.The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County has programs for confidential testing and treatment. Your private doctor may also treat STDs. If you don't know where to get help, call us or your private health care provider for information. Early diagnosis and treatment is important and decreases the risk for complications.
You should consider being tested for STDs if you have ever done the following...
- Had sexual intercourse, oral sex, or other sexual contact without the use of barriers (such as condoms) with someone whose STD status you do not know
- Had multiple sex partners or a partner who had multiple sex partners
- Had a partner who is an injection-drug user
Or if you ever had or currently have any of these symptoms...
- Unusual discharge (fluid) or pus from the penis or vagina
- Pimple-like or cauliflower-like bumps or blister-like sores on the genitals, near or on the buttocks or anus, on the groin or inner thighs, or in the throat, mouth or on the lips
- Burning, itching or pain while urinating and/or frequent urination
- Pain or unusual discomfort during sex
- Bleeding during sex or while NOT menstruating
- A generalized rash, including the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet
- Dark urine, loose light-colored stools and a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin
- Abdominal pain and/or redness, swelling or soreness of the genitals
Since some sexually transmitted diseases cause NO signs and symptoms in many people, even if you have not experienced any of the above, but you HAVE had sexual contact or are concerned that you are infected, it is always best to be tested.If you have ever experienced any of these symptoms, please refrain from all sexual contact until you have been tested and treated, if necessary.
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.