STD

Welcome to The Division of STD Prevention and Control website. The Division works to identify populations at increased risk for sexually transmitted infections in order to reduce transmission to others and the development of related complications.

Content Warning

This site contains STD prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Since STDs are spread through sexual practices, prevention messages and programs may address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website.

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide

Sexual Health and Your Patients: A Provider’s Guide can help healthcare providers better integrate sexual health conversations and recommended preventive services into routine visits with adolescents and adults. By using this guide, providers can:

  • Streamline their sexual history taking
  • Increase their delivery of recommended preventive sexual health services by using “at a glance” tables
  • Improve their care for LGBTQ+ patients
  • Be better prepared to discuss sexual health topics and answer patient questions
  • Become more knowledgeable about sexual health

Explore the guide's sections by clicking on the links below, or download the entire guide.

How to Discuss Sexual Health: Sex can be difficult to discuss, but many patients want to talk about it with you. Get tips for ensuring a productive sexual health conversation with your patients.

Asking Essential Sexual Health Questions: Find the essential sexual health questions to ask adults and adolescents at least annually, plus additional questions you can ask to get more information on partners, practices, past history of STI(s), protection, pregnancy prevention, pleasure, problems, and pride.

Delivering Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services: Preventive services are a key element to improving and protecting sexual health. Find out which preventive services your patients should be getting, and which ones they shouldn't be.

Responding to Your Patients' Questions: Not always ready to answer questions about sexual health? See sample responses to common questions so you can include all the important elements in your answers.

Information About Recommended Screening Tests: See here for general information about recommended screening tests, including their sensitivity and specificity.

Take Charge of Your Sexual Health

A healthier body. A satisfying sex life. Valuing and feeling good about yourself. Having peace of mind. Positive and satisfying relationships. Avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Preventing unplanned pregnancies. These are just a few of the important benefits of good sexual health. Being sexually healthy means being able to enjoy a healthier body, a satisfying sexual life, positive relationships, and peace of mind. Being sexually healthy also means enjoying your sexuality and taking care of yourself and your partners throughout your life. Being free to talk about sexual health with your partner and health professional is key to your health. Download the guide from the National Coalition for Sexual Health for more information.

2019 Alabama Sexually Transmitted Diseases Annual Report

The Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention and Control of the Alabama Department of Public Health is pleased to provide the 2019 Alabama Sexually Transmitted Diseases Annual Report. The report highlights the impact of sexually transmitted diseases among the residents of Alabama, and highlights the increasing numbers of STDs affecting our state.

Get Yourself Tested

Did you know that you are 5 times more likely to contract HIV if you already have an STD? Free STD and HIV tests are available at your local health department, or you can access free HIV testing care with these organizations.

1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD before the age of 25. Most will not know it. Get Yourself Tested.

To control STDs, the Alabama Department of Public Health county health departments operate free, confidential STD clinics statewide. Free testing and treatment is provided for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. To find the closest clinic near you, contact your nearest county health department.

cs-get-tested.jpgCongenital Syphilis (CS)

Recently, there has been a sharp increase in the number of babies born with syphilis in the United States. Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. Pregnant women should be tested regularly for syphilis because infection with syphilis can cause serious problems in a baby. Protect your baby from congenital syphilis by getting tested for syphilis during your pregnancy. Learn more.

National STD Hotline
(919) 361-8488

The Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Resource Center Hotline is a program of the American Social Health Association (ASHA) that provides information, materials and referrals to anyone concerned STIs. Health Communication Specialists are on staff to answer STI questions on such topics as transmission, risk reduction, prevention, testing, and treatment.

The hotline, 1-919-361-8488, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CDT, Monday through Friday).

If you have difficultly reaching a Health Communication Specialist, feel free to access their online STI information section to find answers to questions you may have.





Page last updated: July 15, 2021