Seek Treatment Early
If you think you may have a sexually transmitted disease (STD), seek treatment early. The Health Department provides testing, treatment and education on STDs for people of all ages. Don’t let embarrassment or confusion keep you from getting help.
At the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, STD services include:
Confidential Hepatitis C testing for at-risk individuals also being tested for HIV
Confidential STD testing and treatment
Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for eligible clients
Free rapid HIV testing as part of STD exam or on a walk-in basis
Get your partner to seek testing and treatment, also. By acting quickly, you can both avoid STD-related complications.
Be sure to tell your health care provider that you suspect an STD because you may not be checked for one otherwise.
If an STD is diagnosed, take all prescribed medication, follow your provider’s advice to prevent reinfection and from spreading it to other partners.
Correctly and consistently using condoms and other sexual barriers can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of STDs, including HIV and viral hepatitis. For more information about condom effectiveness, visit the CDC website.