Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Anyone who has had sexual contact—vaginal, oral, or anal—is at risk for a sexually transmitted disease, an STD. STDs often go undiagnosed, as some have virtually no symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. You owe it to yourself to learn how to protect yourself and to be aware of the symptoms. For detailed, reliable information, visit the Mayo Clinic website

In general, STDs are caused by viral or bacterial infections. They are highly contagious and can cause other serious health problems. For example, untreated, gonorrhea and chlamydia in women can cause PID, a condition that can lead to infertility. These infections can also significantly increase your risk of acquiring other STDs such as HIV. Screening for STDs is typically done by taking a sample of tissue from the cervix using a swab, or through a urine or blood test. Click here to make an appointment to talk to your doctor about your personal situation and to discuss your testing and treatment options.

Vaccines for Prevention

There are now vaccines that can protect against the most common sexually transmitted disease, HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is the most common cause of genital warts and cervical cancer and today effects 80% of all women by the time they’re 50.

Gardasil® is the only cervical cancer vaccine that guards against
  • 4 types of HPV that cause 70% of all cervical cancers and
  • 2 types of HPV that cause 90% of all genital warts.
Gardasil® is usually recommended for girls age 9 - 26 given as a series of three shots over a 6 month period.

Click here to schedule an appointment to discuss whether Gardasil® is right for you. Before your visit, you may want to visit to review the information there and make a list of any questions you have for your doctor.