STDs and Women’s Health
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections spread by sexual contact with skin, genitals, mouth, rectum, or body fluids. Some STDs can be treated and others cannot. People can have an STD and not even be aware they have it. 1 According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 4 women between the ages of 14 and 19 is infected with at least one STD.
STDs can lead to serious complications to your overall health, especially if left untreated. For people with an STD are at least 2 to 5 times more likely to contract HIV, the virus which leads to AIDS. 2
More than 1 in 3 female teens that’ve had sex have an STD. 3 As your number of partners and sexual encounters increases, your risk of contracting an STD increases dramatically.
What is Your STD Risk Ratio?
The majority of STDs go undiagnosed because symptoms are not recognized or are very mild. An infected individual can share an STD with their partner before ever realizing they have one. Because they are often asymptomatic, it’s important to be tested.
White Oak Women’s Center provides STD testing and treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (for pregnant patients only). Schedule a free appointment.
For full panel STD testing, contact your doctor or local health department:
Whiteside County Health Department – Call 815-626-2230
Lee County Health Department – Call 815-284-3371
Ogle County Health Department – Call 815-732-7330 x299 (chlamydia and gonorrhea only)
Carroll County Health Department – Call 815-244-8855 (chlamydia, ghonorrhea, and HIV only)
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2011). “How to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.” FAQ009. ↩
- Wasserheit JN (1992). Epidemiological synergy: Interrelationships between human immunodeficiency virus infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sex Transm Dis, 19(6): 61-77. ↩
- Forhan SE, Gottlieb SL, Sternberg MR, Xu F, Datta SD, McQuillan GM, et al. (2009). “Prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among female adolescents aged 14 to 19 in the United States.” Pediatrics, 124(6): 1505-12. ↩