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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Upon notification that a person has an STD, he/she may be contacted by a public health nurse. Gonnorhea and chlamydia cases are reported to the Brown County Public Health Division. All communicable disease reports are confidential and not a part of the open records law. The purpose of the interview is to provide information on the STD that was reported, and hopefully determine the source of infection and prevent spread of the disease. Partners may then be notified of exposure and need for testing and/or treatment. The partner is never given the name of the person reporting his/her exposure.

STD Testing Sites:

NEW Community Clinic
622 Bodart Street
Green Bay, WI 54303
FAX 920-437-0984

NEWCAP Community Health Services - Brown County Webpage
1540 Capitol Drive
Green Bay, WI 54303
FAX 920-430-1360

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc.
2605 South Oneida Street, Suite 107
Green Bay, WI 54304


Contact an urgent care center or your local physician.

Gonorrhea (also called the clap) is a disease that is spread through sexual contact…vaginally, rectally or orally. It can be successfully treated with antibiotics, although more strains of gonorrhea are becoming antibiotic resistant. Usual symptoms are abdominal cramping, discharge, or pain and burning when urinating. Symptoms may be absent. If left untreated, it can lead to PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), infertility, or miscarriage. If the bacteria spreads to the blood or joints, it can be life threatening.

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States. It is known as a silent disease. Most women and over one-half of men are symptom free. It can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, and less likely, oral sex. Symptoms include pain and burning on urination. Women may develop a severe pelvic infection, PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), which can lead to sterility or pregnancy outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancy). Chlamydia increases the risk of an HIV infection if exposed. A pregnant woman may pass chlamydia to her infant during delivery. A case of chlamydial pneumonia or eye infection may result if it is undetected.
Syphilis is often called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases. Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years, yet remain at risk for late complications if they are not treated. It can be easily treated with antibiotics early in the infection. Left untreated, it could lead to severe damage to the brain, nervous system, heart and circulatory system. Also lesions (gummas) in the skin, bones, brain, or internal organs may develop.
Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Infection)
Most individuals have no symptoms from a herpes infection. There are two types of infections, herpes type I and herpes type II. When they do occur, usually one or more blisters occur around the genitals. The blisters break and result in painful ulcers (sores). The ulcers may take two-four weeks to heal. Other outbreaks follow weeks or months later, although they are usually less severe and shorter in duration. There is no cure; however, medication is available to lessen symptoms.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV is the most common type of STD. Most people are unaware when they become infected. If symptoms occur, they include pain, itching, and sores in the genital area. It is spread through sexual contact, especially anal or vaginal sex. In rare cases, it can be spread to an infant at birth when the baby passes through the birth canal. There are over 40 types of the HPV virus, and it is possible to contract more than one strain of this virus. The body will eliminate the virus 90% of the time within two years. When this does not happen, it can lead to genital warts, or certain types of cancer. These include cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and oropharynx (cancers of the back of throat, including base of tongue and tonsils). Vaccine is available that can prevent infection if it is received before being infected.

Information for Health Practitioners:

Notifying Sexual Partners by E-mail:

Resources for STDs:

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