For information about the STD clinic, call 309/679-6030
What are STDs and how do they spread?
Most STDs (sometimes called STIs or Sexually Transmitted Infections) are caused by infection with viruses or bacteria. These viruses and bacteria can live in body fluids, mainly blood, semen and vaginal fluids. STDs can be spread during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Some STDs can also be spread by skin to skin contact. ANY sexually active person can get an STD.
What are the signs of STDs?
People infected with STDs may have no symptoms at all or mild symptoms which are mistaken for something else. Symptoms can be painful and embarrassing. Many people with STDs have no symptoms but they can still infect you!
Can STDs hurt your health?
YES! STDs can cause lasting pain, inability to have children, cancer, damage to the heart, liver, and brain, if pregnant it can damage your baby, and death.
The Peoria City/County Health Department STD Clinic:
- Tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.
- Gonorrhea and chlamydia testing is a simple urine test (you pee in a cup)
- Offers rapid HIV test (result ready in 15-20 minutes)
- Services by appointment. Call 679-6030.
- Offers treatment for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis
- You can get your results either by calling the clinic or receiving a coded text message on your cell phone
- For more information on the STD Clinic call: 679-6030
For general information on STDs you can visit:
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CDC Fact Sheets
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the name of a condition in women where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted and replaced by an overgrowth of certain bacteria. It is sometimes accompanied by discharge, odor, pain, itching, or burning. Read more...
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man. Read more...
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex viruses type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). Most individuals have no or only minimal signs or symptoms from HSV-1 or HSV-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal the first time they occur. Typically, another outbreak can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first outbreak. Read more...
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a bacterium that can grow and multiply easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus. Read more...
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) refers to infection of the uterus (womb), fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs that causes symptoms such as lower abdominal pain. It is a serious complication of some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially chlamydia and gonorrhea. PID can damage the fallopian tubes and tissues in and near the uterus and ovaries. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tube or elsewhere outside of the womb), abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain. Read more...
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often been called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases. Read more...
Trichomoniasis (or “trich”) is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Although symptoms of the disease vary, most women and men who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected. Read more...