Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

What are STDs? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also known as sexually transmitted infections or STIs, are very common. STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual activity including vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They can also be passed from one person to another through intimate physical contact, such as heavy petting, though this is not very common.

STDs don’t always cause symptoms or may only cause mild symptoms, so it is possible to have an infection and not know it. That is why it is important to get tested if you are having sex. If you are diagnosed with an STD, know that all can be treated with medicine and some can be cured entirely.

STDs are preventable. If you have sex, know how to protect yourself and your sexual partner from STDs.  If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. The Health Department provides a screening program, the purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce the transmission or spread of STDs.

Screening, treatment and counseling for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and other STDs are free. HIV testing and counseling are free.  For more information or to make an appointment call Harnett County Health Department at 910-893-7550.

  • Monday -Thursday from 8:00-4:00pm
  • Friday morning from 8:00-11:15am

All services are confidential.  The Health Department is located within the Government Complex at 307 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. 

Spanish and English STD fact sheets