Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that can be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected individual. STDs can be transmitted during vaginal or other types of sexual intercourse including oral and anal sex.
Since STDs often do not have any symptoms, the only way to know if someone has an STD is to get tested. Testing is always confidential and is often free or low-cost. Many STDs are curable and can easily be treated at a clinic. If left untreated, infections can lead to permanent damage and transmission of the STD to others. Using condoms is the best way to protect yourself and others from STDs.
In an effort to combat the spread of STDs, all counties in California confidentially track and report the number of confirmed STD cases in their community. The Butte County Public Health Department monitors the number of reported STDs in our county as well as administers a range of programs and services. As the Public Health Department, it is our goal to protect the health of the community through prevention, early diagnosis and appropriate management and control of STDs. This is achieved through surveillance, disease investigation, patient education, community awareness and acting as a resource to local physicians, nurses and medical personnel.
The Butte County Public Health Department provides free or low cost STD testing and free condoms through our Public Health Clinics. You can also find free condoms in Butte County by going to www.condomfinder.org. To make an appointment for testing, call (530) 879-3665 in Chico, or (530) 538-7341 in Oroville. For more information about STDs or other testing sites, call our STD hotline at 1-877-STD-INFO.