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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

About (STD) Sexually Transmitted Diseases 

What is an STD?

STDs are diseases that are usually passed through sexual contact with an infected partner. STDs include many diseases, such as HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, genital warts, Hepatitis and syphilis. STDs are widespread; more than 12 million people in the US are infected each year.

How is an STD spread?

STDs are spread through contact with:

  • infected body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen

  • infected skin or mucous membranes - for example, sores in the mouth

STDs can be spread during close sexual contact, eg: vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Most STD germs need to live in warm and often moist areas of the body, such as the mouth, anus, vagina or penis. Having an STD can make you more likely to get HIV.

What should you do if you suspect you may have an STD?

Get tested right away if you think you have any symptoms, or think you've been exposed to an STD (even if you have no symptoms, talk about your STD testing needs with your doctor during your health care visits). Remember, many STDs don't have any symptoms, especially in women. Most county health departments have an STD clinic, or you have to see a private doctor (check your local listings for STD clinic near you, or see our Health Centers listing to see which clinic is nearest you).

Remember: If you have an STD, seek proper medical care immediately! Home remedies can make an accurate diagnosis difficult!

STD Treatment Centers

Delray Beach Health Center
225 S. Congress Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445
(561) 274-3100

West Palm Beach Health Center
1150 45th street
West Palm Beach,
FL 33407
(561) 514-5300

C.L. Brumback Health Center
38754 State Road 80
Belle Glade, FL 33430
(561) 996-1600

Lantana Health Center
1250 Southwinds Drive
Lantana, FL 33462
561-547-6800

STD Services:

  • Complete Exams and Screening for all Sexual Transmitted

  • Diseases (Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis)

  • Confidential HIV testing and Counseling

  • Pregnancy testing

  • Community Health fairs

  • STD in-services to community agencies (Schools/Colleges, Correctional Facilities, etc.)

STD Treatment See CDC 2010 guidelines for treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and treatment recommendations.