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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Mercer County Health Department participates in the Brown Bag Program during operational hours by providing free brown bags of condoms.

The brown bags are located inside the clinic door to the left and may be taken on an anonymous basis.​

Mercer County Health Department provides counseling and testing regarding the prevention of transmission and the effects of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.

We offer patients testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, and syphilis and provide treatment for patients diagnosed with, exposed to or suspected or having these diseases. These services are confidential and no one will be refused testing/treatment because they are unable to pay.

Furthermore, we also offer free HIV counseling and testing. Testing can be done confidentially or anonymously.

Signs and Symptoms

In Women:

Most STDs don’t produce symptoms or, if they do, result in vague or generic flu-like symptoms that could be the result of many different conditions. Without getting tested it can be difficult to determine the cause of symptoms due to an STD. Women are more likely than men to suffer symptoms such as bumps, itching, or burning urination due to a sexually transmitted disease/infection, especially in the genital region. Infections often go unnoticed and untreated which can cause long-lasting or even irreversible effects if left untreated.

Common STD Symptoms in Women

No symptoms

Vaginal odor

Vaginal itching

Discharge (thick or thin, milky white, yellow, or green leakage from the vagina)

Vaginal blisters or blisters in the genital area (the region covered by underwear)

Vaginal rash or rash in the genital area

Burning urination

Painful urination

Pain during intercourse

Less Common STD Symptoms in Women

Bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles

Painless ulcers on the vagina

Pelvic pain

Lower back pain



Sore throat (after oral sex)

Swelling of the joints (knee, elbow, etc.)

Rectal pain, bleeding, or discharge (after receiving anal sex)

When symptoms do occur, they typically appear within days or weeks of exposure to an STD. Often, symptoms never appear or go unnoticed. Even if an infection never results in obvious symptoms, the STD can still be transmitted and progress into a more serious condition that may result in irreversible side effects. Regular comprehensive STD testing is the only way to guarantee a clean bill of sexual health. It is especially important to get tested for STDs after risky or unprotected sexual contact

In Men:

Many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are characterized by ambiguous or even flu-like symptoms in the early stages, making it difficult to specifically identify a sexually transmitted infection. For men, especially, a lack of symptoms is not a reliable measure of whether an STD is present. The symptoms that usually alert men to the presence of an STD are bumps or rashes on the genitals, discharge, discomfort or itching in the penis or testicles, or pain while urinating or ejaculating. Even a symptomless STD infection can have long-lasting or irreversible effects if left untreated.

Common STD Symptoms in Men

No symptoms

Blisters on or around penis

Spots, bumps or lesions on the penis

Discharge (clear, white, or yellow)

Oozing from the tip of the penis (thick or thin)

Painful urination

Painful ejaculation

Itching on the tip of the penis

Rash on the penis, testicles, or groin

Uncommon (But Possible) STD Symptoms in Men

Sore throat (after oral sex)


Chronic flu-like symptoms

Pain in the testicles

Swelling of the testicles

Swelling of the epididymis (known as Epididymitis)

Swelling of the urethra (known as urethritis)

Swelling of non-sexual joints (elbow, knee, etc.)

Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding (after receiving anal sex)

STD symptoms in men usually take a few days to develop, but can take up to weeks (if there are symptoms at all). A lack of symptoms is often mistaken for a lack of an STD, but an infection can continue to progress even in the absence of symptoms. Because men so often don’t show symptoms, the only way to be sure that an STD is not present is to get tested regularly, especially after unprotected sex.

The Mercer County Health Department is accepting applications for a full time Public Health Nurse I
General Duties include:
This position serves under the direction of the Director. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Provides entry-level nursing functions and services to individuals and families under close supervision in a clinic or community setting, focusing on the prevention of illness, injury or disability, the promotion of health and maintenance of the health of populations. The nurse in this classification would receive job specific training in the requirements and scope of practice of the various assigned health department programs and services.Health department services are provided to all age populations. A brief description of health department services include adult and child immunizations, well child examinations, family planning exams, WIC services/promotion, dental varnish for children, pandemic response, public health preparedness, basic patient care, harm reduction services and promotion of the health department within the community.
Minimum Education, Training or Experience:
See special requirements.
Special Requirements:
(Age, Licensure, Regulation, Etc.) Must have RN license in Kentucky or compact state or provisional license in Kentucky, meeting all requirements of KRS 314.041.
Starting Salary:
$20.30-$25.24/hr negotiable with additional experience. Grade 17
Apply at https://KOG.CHFS.KY.GOV/HOME. Create a citizen account and search LHDCOS (search and apply) Completed application must be submitted by November 11, 2022. Transcripts must be provided before the close date if post-secondary education is required or may be substituted for experience. Transcripts must list the degree awarded.  Qualified applicants/employees are subject to a pre-screening, selection for interview, and/or demonstration of skills testing.  Employment may be contingent upon a successful drug screening and background check.  Equal Opportunity Employer.
The following information contains graphic depictions of
Symptoms associated with sexually transmitted infections
The following information contains graphic depictions of
Symptoms associated with sexually transmitted infections