What is Sexual Health?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. While there are many important aspects to sexual health, De Pere Health Department’s primary role in promoting sexual health is surveillance, education, and prevention regarding sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STD or STI) including syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV/AIDS.

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Learn about different types of STDs

Prevent STDs

  • Follow the ABCs of STD prevention:
    • Avoid having sex until you feel prepared to protect yourself
    • Be monogamous or have sex with just one person who only has sex with you and doesn’t have any STDs. You can find out if both of you have an STD, like chlamydia, by getting tested together
    • Condoms can protect you from getting STDs (but only where they cover)
  • Visit one of the STD/sexual health testing or services sites below for free condoms and prevention information
  • CDC: The Lowdown on How to Prevent STDs

Notify a partner about an exposure to a STD

  • Anyone who tests positive for a state reportable STD can request their local health department’s help to notify their recent sexual partners confidentially and at no cost
  • If you would like anonymously notify your partners yourself, you can use a confidential text notification tool such as “Tell Your Partner”

Find reduced cost STD/sexual health testing or services near me

Report or treat a STD case