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Sexually transmitted diseases, more commonly known as STDs or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), include a range of diseases caused by different bacteria and viruses. Some of the more common STDs (like chlamydia and gonorrhea) can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact (vaginal, anal or oral) and certain STDs (herpes and Human Papilloma Virus -HPV) can be spread by skin to skin contact, including during sexual contact. Some STDs can be transmitted through bodily fluids (blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk), such as HIV, and Hepatitis B and C. Body fluid transmission can occur during sexual contact, and through sharing needles or syringes.

Many persons infected with STDs do not show any signs or symptoms of illness, which is why it is important to use protection and visit your doctor regularly. These diseases can have serious long-term effects if not treated (or controlled) immediately.

For more disease information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here.

STD Data

Douglas County has had higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than the national average for more than 15 years. Adolescents and young adults account for a large percentage of our reported cases. To see more statistics on chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, syphilis and HIV, visit the DCHD Sexually-Transmitted Diseases Data and Statistics page

In an attempt to address STDs in our community, the Douglas County Health Department has been collaborating with other community members to reduce the barriers and stigma of STD testing, as well as increasing the availability of condoms for safe-sex practices.


Douglas County STD Clinic

For information on full STD exams, treatment, and/or services, please visit our clinic.


STD Testing in the Community

The Douglas County Health Department STD prevention and control program offers free STD testing at public libraries, community centers, local health fairs, college campuses and many more events across the city. For more information, please visit our STD outreach testing page.


Information For Health Care Providers

2015 CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines

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