Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases that are commonly spread by sexual activity.
Our sexually transmitted infection program offers confidential counseling, diagnosis, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Our program provides tests for the following STIs: Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and HIV. Getting tested is the only way to know if you have an STI.
If you need to be tested for an STI, contact your local health department. STI screening is available at the Staunton-Augusta Health Department and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department. Other options for testing include:
- Highland County Medical Center
- Rockbridge Area Health Center
- Any urgent care center
- Your primary care provider
Signs and Symptoms
You may experience no symptoms at all or not realize you are experiencing symptoms.
If you do experience symptoms, they may include, but are not limited to, abnormal discharge, pain during sex, burning during urination, blisters, sores, bumps, or warts on or around the genital area. You may also experience flu like symptoms.
Why Get Tested?
A person may not know that they are infected with an STI as many of these diseases do not show symptoms. If left untreated, some STIs can cause serious health problems such as infertility or even death (HIV/AIDs).
It is important to limit the number of sexual partners that you have and to always correctly and consistently use protection. It is also important to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Human papollomavirus infection (HPV).
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