Sexually Transmitted Disease & Infections (STDs/STIs)
If you are sexually active with multiple partners and have high risk sex activity by not using condoms please make an appointment to have testing performed by your local primary care provider.
If you do not have a local primary care provider you may call the Federally Qualified Health Center to make an appointment 541-265-4947.
Public Health STD/STI Services
The Public Health (PH) clinic is a safety net clinic that may perform STD testing for: HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia (we do not test for herpes or any other STD's asides from the ones listed at the PH clinic). If you are symptomatic we encourage you to see a medical provider because medical providers are able to provide full exams and the PH clinic is only able to offer testing.
If you are need of condoms, the Public Health clinic has free condoms available at 36 SW Nye street Newport, OR 97365.
Protect Yourself and Your Sexual Partners!
Effective strategies for reducing STD risk include:
- The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).
- Reduce Number of Sex Partners
- Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs. It is still important that you and your partner get tested, and that you share your test results with one another.
- Use Condoms
- Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom (http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html) is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. Use a condom every time you have anal, vaginal, or oral sex.
- If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used. But it is important to note that these condoms have higher breakage rates than latex condoms. Natural membrane condoms are not recommended for STD prevention.
- Mutual Monogamy
- Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs. But you must both be certain you are not infected with STDs. It is important to have an open and honest conversation with your partner.
- Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV. HPV vaccines (http://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/vaccine.html) for males and females can protect against some of the most common types of HPV. It is best to get all three doses (shots) before becoming sexually active. However, HPV vaccines are recommended for all teen girls and women through age 26 and all teen boys and men through age 21, who did not get all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger. You should also get vaccinated for hepatitis B(http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hbv/hbvfaq.htm) if you were not vaccinated when you were younger.