April/May 2000 - Volume 3 - Issue 3
STD Awareness Month
Few of us know as much as we should about sexually transmitted diseases. If you're like most people, you probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about your risk. This can be an opportunity to discuss the issue with the members of your family, particularly your children. Getting the message of STD's to our children is one of our foremost responsibilities. The message has to be clear, accurate and effective.
An Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Fact Sheet provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), once called venereal diseases, are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States today. More than 20 STDs have now been identified, and they affect more than 13 million men and women in this country each year. The annual comprehensive cost of STDs in the United States is estimated to be well in excess of $10 billion.
Understanding the basic facts about STDs - the ways in which they are spread, their common symptoms, and how they can be treated - is the first step toward prevention. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the National Institutes of Health, has prepared a series of fact sheets about STDs to provide this important information. Research investigators supported by NIAID are looking for better methods of diagnosis and more effective treatments, as well as for vaccines and topical microbicides to prevent STDs. It is important to understand at least five key points about all STDs in this country today:
Private doctors, local health departments, and STD and family planning clinics have information about STDs. In addition, the American Social Health Association (ASHA) provides free information and keeps lists of clinics and private doctors who provide treatment for people with STDs. ASHA has a national toll-free telephone number, 1-800-227-8922. The phone number for the Herpes Hotline, also run by ASHA, is 919-361-8488. Callers can get information from the ASHA hotline without leaving their names.
Prepared by: Office of Communications and Public Liaison - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892. Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. July 1999
STD Clinics and HIV Counseling and Testing
Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment is now offering STD testing at the Lakewood site, 260 Sout Kipling Street and at the Conifer site, Hwys. 73 and 285 at the Mountain Resource Center. Testing is available by appointment only and on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. there is walk-in testing available.
Anonymous or confidential HIV counseling and testing is available for an initial $25.00 fee. However, service will not be denied due to inability to pay.
All fees are on a sliding scale basis. Proof of household income and current address is required. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 303-239-7078.
Source: Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment Public Service Announcement. February 2, 2000.
Contact, Nancy Braden, 303-239-7137, Public Health Communications Coordinator.
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