An STD is an infection that is passed during sexual intercourse.
Some STDs infect only your sexual and reproductive organs. Others, such as, HIV, hepatitis B, and syphilis, cause general body infections.
Sometimes there are no signs or symptoms with an STD. The symptoms can also appear and then go away. Just because you don't have symptoms doesn't mean you don't have an STD.
STDs can be spread during any type of sexual contact.
HIV and Hepatitis can also be spread through contact with infected blood.
If you think you may have an STD, get checked. STDs do not just go away on their own.
Laurel County Health Department may be able to provide testing for you if you think you may have an STD.
Many STDs can be cured, but others cannot be cured. Even if an STD can not be cured, it must still be treated to lessen the chances of it being spread to others.
If you think you have an STD, or you have tested positive for an STD, you must tell your sexual partner(s). If they have contracted the STD, they can get sick. They can also spread the STD back to you or to others.