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.
- 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.
- 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
Grant County’s Sexual Health
- Grant County has reached an all time high rate of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases.
- This rise is seen in particularly young people, 15-34 years old.
- Teen pregnancy rates in Grant County are more than twice the national average and rank among the top 5 counties in Washington State.
Sexual Health Resources
- Grant County Sexual Health Services
- Education and Resources
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- County Health Rankings
Questions? Contact GCHD at 509-766-7960