Dallas County Health Department provides condoms free of charge to anyone.
Hepatitis C (HCV) and STD testing is available at Dallas County Health Department. STD & HCV testing is done at no cost to clients who do not have insurance. If you have insurance and feel you need to be tested, you need to see your primary care provider. We do not do HIV testing without a doctors order and there is a fee for service.
STDs/STIs infect the mouth, genital and anal areas of the body. Although some STDs/STIs can also be spread through sexual skin-to-skin contact, STDs/STIs are spread mainly through oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected partner. Some STDs/STIs can also be spread from an infected mother to her child during the birthing process.
Bacterial infections include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Viral infections include human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and Hepatitis B.
STDs/STIs are either viral or bacterial. A viral infection is caused by a virus and cannot be cured. A bacterial infection is caused by a bacterial organism, and the active infection can be cured. The infection must be treated early, however, to ensure that the damage it caused to the body can be repaired. Whether an infection is viral or bacterial, the infection can have long-term effects on the body, such as infertility or sterility, and can leave the body vulnerable to more serious diseases, such as HIV. Ultimately, untreated STDs/STIs can affect numerous organ systems in the body.