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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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What Are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are very common. Millions of new infections occur every year in the United States.

STDs pass from one person to another through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They also can spread through intimate physical contact like heavy petting, though this is not very common.

STD or STI? 

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a virus, bacteria, fungus, or parasite people can get through sexual contact. Many STIs have no symptoms, so people can have an infection but not know it. A sexually transmitted disease (STD) develops because of an STI and the term implies that the infection has led to some symptom of disease. People sometimes use the terms in one another’s place. 

Our Services

Both Good Neighbor Columbus and Fremont locations:

  • Test for all STDs, including HIV.  All testing is confidential.
  • Do expedited partner tests and treatments for gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Offer free testing and treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia for you and your partner.
  • Treat all other STDs (except HIV)  with prescription drug therapy.
  • Refer HIV positive patients to specialists for treatment.
  • Offer the HPV vaccine for persons up to 45 years old.

Talk honestly with your healthcare provider. Ask which STD tests and vaccines they recommend for you.  Good Neighbor Columbus also has Reproductive Health educators who are happy to answer your questions.  Columbus offers walk-in testing for  gonorrhea/chlamydia, HIV and syphilis Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.