Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)

An STI is an infection that is passed during sexual intercourse.

Some STIs 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 STI. The symptoms can also appear and then go away. Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t have an STI.

STIs 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 STI, get checked. STIs 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 STI.

Many STIs can be cured, but others cannot be cured. Even if an STI 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 STI, or you have tested positive for an STI, you must tell your sexual partner(s). If they have contracted the STI, they can get sick. They can also spread the STI back to you or to others.

For more information, click the links below:

Kentucky STI Program Webpage – information on the KY program and different types of STIs

CDC’s STI Webpage

Call the Laurel County Health Department for more information on our STD program.