HIV / STD Services
Jefferson County Public Health offers screening, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs) at our Lakewood location. 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 as well as Hepatitis testing.
Most services are provided on a sliding fee scale based on your family income. While services are offered at very low cost, we do have a $25 minimum fee for STD-only appointments (this does not apply to clients who receive STD testing as part of Family Planning services). We are also able to bill Medicaid and several private insurances.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
STDs 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 STDs 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 STDs include sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or venereal disease (VD). STDs can be painful or even life-threatening. If they are not treated, certain STDs can make you sick or unable to have children. There are tests that will show if you have an STD. Many STDs can be treated, but not all can be cured.
Whether or not STDs have been transmitted through sexual contact, they are serious and should get immediate medical attention. JCPH offers an STD Clinic that can provide testing and treatment. HIV/AIDS testing and related services are also available. Get tested and ask your partner to get tested. You'll feel better when you know you are both safe.
Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and infections include:
- Pubic lice
- Urinary tract infections
Not all sexually transmitted infections may show symptoms in the genital area. Some STDs show no symptoms at all. Below are some of the more common STD 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 or yellowing of the skin
- Diarrhea, night sweats, or weight loss that is constant, rapid or unexplained
Adapted from STDs: When should I Worry? Journeyworks Publishing: Santa Cruz, CA. 1995.