Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most commonly reported infectious diseases in the United States, with more than 20 million new infections reported each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These diseases cause significant short- and long-term consequences, and even deaths, for those infected.
Aside from total abstinence, regular testing is the only way to know if a person has an STD, as some illnesses do not present any symptoms. To help individuals know their status, the Division of Health Services Clinic provides confidential testing.
To schedule an appointment, please call 636-949-7484.
Smart decision-making is necessary to prevent the spread of these diseases. The most reliable way to avoid infection is to abstain from any sexual contact. Additionally, being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an unaffected partner is recommended. Those who are sexually active should undergo regular testing and use latex condoms properly and consistently to reduce risk for transmission — although condom usage is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or STDs.