Public Health Nursing Agency Warren County Health Dept.
162 E. Washington Ave.
Washington, NJ 07882
Phone: 908-689-6000
Fax: 908-689-8330
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 

Sexually Transmitted Disease Services

What are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), sometimes called venereal disease (VD), are infections you get through sexual contact with an infected person. Untreated STDs can seriously damage your health. Some, like AIDS, can even kill you.

How do you get STDs?

All STDs have one thing in common. They are spread during oral, anal, or vaginal sex. STDs can be spread from woman to man and vice versa, as well as man to man or woman to woman. No one is immune! You can get an STD over and over again. And you can have more than one at a time. If you have sexual contact with a person who has an STD, you might become infected. It might just take one time. But your chances of getting an STD increase with each new sexual partner you have. If just one partner has an STD, you are at risk and so are your other sexual partners.

What causes STDs?

STDs are caused by tiny organisms that live in body fluid like blood, semen, and vaginal secretions. Through these fluids, they can pass from one person to another. Some STDs, like herpes and genital warts , are spread by direct contact with infected skin.

What should I do if I think I have an STD?

STDs will not go away without treatment. They only get worse. So its important to get help from your doctor of from an STD clinic as soon as possible. Tests are safe and private . The sooner you get tested, the sooner you can get treated.

Signs and Symptoms that might mean you have STD:

Both Men and Women

  • Sores, bumps, or blisters near your genital or mouth
  • Burning and pain when you urinate
  • A swelling or redness in your throat
  • Fever, chills, and aches
  • Swelling in your area around your genitals
  • Rectal itching, pain or discharge
Women:

  • Unusual discharge or smell from the vagina
  • Pain in your pelvic area
  • Burning or itching around your vagina
  • Bleeding from your vagina that is not your regular period
  • Pain deep inside your vagina when you have sex
Men:

  • A drip or discharge from your penis
For further information on diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and preventative services available in Warren County, contact the Warren County Division of Personal Health Services.

Free and confidential appointments are available for Warren County residents only:
Monday through Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Call 908-689-6000
to schedule an appointment.