General Public Information

We do not provide clinical consultation and encourage you to discuss your concerns and questions with your medical providers. For general information about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) the resources listed below are available.

Some STDs have signs and symptoms and others do not. It is best to discuss with your doctor any questions you may have about sexual activities that can put you at risk of getting an STD, the appropriate tests and examinations, and a plan of treatment.

Depending on your sexual history, signs, and symptoms, you can get tested to determine if you have an STD. You can call your local health department STD program to find the nearest STD clinic. See under "Community Services" listings in your local white pages phone book. Some family planning clinics also provide testing for STDs. Interviews and exams are confidential.

You can call the following hotline numbers to ask where your local public STD clinic is and other questions you might have about sexually transmitted diseases. Most hotlines are toll-free, anonymous, and confidential.

(800) 227-8922 (STD Hotline)
(800) 342-AIDS (AIDS Hotline)
(800) 344-7432 (AIDS Hotline in Spanish)
(800) 772-8500 (American Social Health Association)
(919) 361-8488 (Herpes Hotline)

The following web sites provide information about STDs:
California Prevention Training Center
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