Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
What exactly is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)?
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact. There are more than 30 different sexually transmissible bacteria, viruses and parasites.
- Of the 8 most common STIs, 4 are currently curable: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis. The other 4 are viral infections and are incurable: hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Symptoms or disease due to the incurable viral infections can be reduced or modified through treatment.
- Several STIs, in particular HIV and Syphilis, can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth, and through blood products or tissue.
- Chlamydia | Facts | More Information
- Gonorrhea | Facts | More Information
- Genital Herpes | Facts
- Syphilis |Facts | More Information
- HPV | Facts
- Trichomoniasis | Facts | More Information
Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)
- EPT provides for the treatment of sex partners of infected individuals. This treatment can be offered without requiring partners to be tested or seen by health care providers.
- All partners of patients who test positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea should be treated as if they are infected.
- For more information on EPT, please click here.
- Get tested! Get treated! Be smart!
- Many STIs have no symptoms
- Having one STI can make it easier to get another one
- Many STIs can cause serious problems if they are not treated
- It’s easy and often free to get tested
- Partners should be tested and treated also
- Prevention is the best way to deal with STIs
Sexual Health Resources
- Grant County Sexual Health Services
- Education and Resources
- Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) packs
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- County Health Rankings
Questions? Contact GCHD at 509-766-7960