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  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

     

    Jefferson County Public Health offers screening, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at our Arvada and Lakewood locations.

    If you have ever had a sexually transmitted infection, you may be at risk for HIV infection. JCPH also offers confidential HIV counseling and testing.

    All fees for STI clinic services are on a sliding scale. We can accept many forms of health insurance, please inquire.

    Sexually Transmitted Infections

    STIs are infections that you can get if you have sexual contact with a person who has one. They are spread by vaginal, anal and oral sex. Some STIs may even be spread by non-sexual contact. Examples of non-sexual contact include sharing needles for drugs, unsterile tattooing or piercing, from mother to infant during birth or even contact with unclean bedding, towels or clothing in the case of pubic lice or scabies.

    Some other names you may have heard for STIs include STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or VD (venereal disease).

    STIs can be painful or even life-threatening. If they are not treated, certain STIs can make you sick or unable to have children. There are tests that will show if you have an STI. Many STIs can be treated, but not all can be cured.

    Whether or not STIs have been transmitted through sexual contact, they are serious and should get immediate medical attention. Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment offers an STI Clinic that can provide testing and treatment; HIV/AIDS testing and related services also available. Get tested and ask your partner to get tested. You'll feel better when you know you are both safe.

    Take the STI Quiz!

    Common STIs

    Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and infections include:

    • Chlamydia
    • Genital Warts
    • Gonorrhea
    • Hepatitis B Virus
    • Herpes
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Pubic Lice
    • Scabies
    • Syphilis
    • Trichomoniasis
    • Urinary Tract Infections

     

    Common Symptoms

    Not all sexually transmitted infections may show symptoms in the genital area. Some STIs show no symptoms at all! Below are some of the more common STI symptoms.

    • Bumps, sores, or warts near the genitals, anus or mouth.
    • Itching or pain near the genitals.
    • Swelling or redness near the genitals.
    • A sting or burn when urinating.
    • The need to urinate more often.
    • A strange discharge or smell from the vagina or penis.
    • Vaginal bleeding other than a period.
    • Deep vaginal pain during sex.
    • Abdominal pain - pain between a woman's hips and genitals.
    • Fever, chills, aches and pains, yellowing of the skin.
    • Diarrhea, night sweats, weight loss that is constant, rapid, or unexplained.

     

    Adapted from STDs: When should I Worry? Journeyworks Publishing: Santa Cruz, CA. 1995.

     

    Last Updated: 7-16-2014