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STDs/STIs

STDs and STIs are sexually transmitted diseases or infections. They are commonly passed through sexual contact such as vaginal, anal and oral sex, and sometimes by genital touching. Some, such as HIV and hepatitis B, are spread by contact with infected blood. Click here for more information on our HIV program.

Common STDs in Georgia:

Oftentimes, there are no signs that a person has an STD. Some symptoms may include unusual pain, discharge, sores, itching, burning or bleeding. If you think you may have been exposed, contact your doctor right away.

Get Tested. Get Treated.

It is difficult to imagine facing any infectious disease, but the only way to make sure you’re healthy is to get tested regularly. Most STDs are curable, and others have treatments to help you get back to your day-to-day life as soon as possible. The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can receive treatment and protect yourself and your partner.

How to Protect Yourself

Not having sex is the only way to truly protect yourself from STDs. However, you can greatly reduce your risk by having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you. If you do have sex, use a latex condom (or polyurethane if you are allergic to latex) every time. Finally, our clinics offer vaccines to prevent Hepatitis B and HPV.

Services

District 4 is committed to reducing the spread of sexually transmitted infections in our communities through education, surveillance, referrals and more. Our clinical services include:

  • Confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • Treatment
  • Condoms (provided free)
  • Referrals

Patients

District 4’s STD/STI screening and prevention program is open to all individuals who are mindful of their sexual health. We offer services on a sliding scale fee, based on need.