221 Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Same Sex Couple Hanging Out

Protect yourself and your partners from sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Learn what you and your partner can do to stay safe and avoid disease.

What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

  • An infection or virus transmitted during all types of sexual contact.
  • Passed from person-to-person by blood, semen, vaginal fluids and oral sex.
  • Also called a Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Why should I get tested?

  • If sex partner tells you they have an STD, do not wait. Get tested and treated!
  • STDs cause symptoms in some people but not in everyone.
  • You don't know unless you test.
  • Testing ensures good sexual health.

How do I get tested?

  • Talk to your doctor about routine testing and treatment options.
  • Call us at (253) 798-3805 if you don't have a doctor.
  • Call to confirm walk-in testing hours and potential costs.

How can I prevent STDs and HIV?

  • Use protection, like condoms and dental damns for all types of sex every time.
  • Ask your partner about their sexual history and testing.
  • Take PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection.

Most common STDs in Pierce County

Chlamydia
Gonorrhea
Syphilis
HIV/AIDS

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