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:
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Genital Herpes
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Congenital Syphilis
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. Our health departments offer vaccines to prevent Hepatitis B and HPV.
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
- Condoms (provided free)
Free condoms shipped to your door just click the link and take this quick survey! (LIMITATIONS: Must live in District 4, must be over the age of 18, packs are limited to those listed in the survey, one order per month) orders are shipped on Wednesdays. Please call 706-298-7733 with questions or concerns.
All health departments offer STD/STI screening and prevention to all individuals. Services are available on a sliding scale fee based on income.