One in two sexually active young people will get a sexually transmitted diseases (STD) by the age of twenty-five. The good news is that most STD's are curable and all are treatable.
For everything you need to know about STD's, click here.
Talking to Your Healthcare Provider
Are you embarrassed to talk to your healthcare provider about sex? Don't be. He or she has heard it all before. Click here for some strategies to get the conversation started.
Getting Tested for STD's
Afraid you might have a sexually transmitted disease? STD's are very common because they spread easily and often do not cause many symptoms. This is why sexually active young women are routinely tested when they visit their healthcare providers for annual exams (birth control, pap smear, pelvic exam, breast exam, etc.). Males...let's face it, they're the other half of the STD equation. Both men and women need to consider getting tested for STD's. Click here for symptoms of STD's.
Click here for information about the Family Planning Benefit Program that provides birth control and STD testing.
If you do not have a private healthcare provider, lack health insurance or are otherwise unable to pay for STD testing and treatment, services are available at no cost to you. These are provided by the two agencies noted below in conjunction with Ontario County Public Health. Appointments are required. Please call for more information.
Planned Parenthood of Rochester/Syracuse
15 LaFayette Ave.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Finger Lakes Community Health 601-B Washington St.
Geneva, NY 14454