The Dakota County Health Department now offers free STD testing for anyone sexually active between the ages of 13-25. You will be asked to provide a urine sample while at the Health Department to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Walk-in testing is available every Tuesday from 8:30 am-2:00 pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment call us at 402-987-2164.
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside of the womb).
Most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system.
Women with symptoms may notice:
Symptoms in men can include:
Yes, chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. When taken proplerly it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on. Medications for chlamydia should not be shared with anyone.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.
Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, men who do have symptoms, may have:
Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if they don’t have any symptoms.
Symptoms in women can include:
Yes, gonorrhea can be cured with the right treatment. It is important to take all of the medication your doctor prescribes to cure your infection. Medication for gonorrhea should not be shared with anyone. Although medication will stop the infection, it will not undo any permanent damage caused by the disease.
If you have additional questions please contact Natasha at 402-987-2164.