In supporting the mission of student health by enhancing learning and student success, the Student Health Services at Louisiana Tech University seeks to assist Tech students in making health conscious and responsible decisions regarding sexual behaviors. The information is provided to support the students own beliefs and values are used as a resource to promote health, sexual health, and well-being.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are generally acquired by sexual contact. The organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases may pass from person to person in blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids.
Some such infections can also be transmitted non-sexually, such as from mother to infant during pregnancy or childbirth, or through blood transfusions or shared needles.
It’s possible to contract sexually transmitted diseases from people who seem perfectly healthy — people who, in fact, aren’t even aware of being infected. Many STDs cause no symptoms in some people, which is one of the reasons experts prefer the term “sexually transmitted infections” to “sexually transmitted diseases.”
Sexually Transmitted Disease Definition
If you have any questions, call and speak with a nurse at TechCare: (318) 257-4866.
For downloadable brochures containing information on STDs click below.
If you are sexually active, getting tested for STI’s is one the most important things you can do for your overall health. Located below are STI testing resources.
STI testing resources:
Lincoln Parish Health Unit
405 E. Georgia Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270
Bienville Health Unit
1285 Pine Street #102
Arcadia, LA 71001
Ouachita Parish Health Unit
1650 DeSiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
National HIV and STD Testing
National AIDS Hotline
Toll free 24 hours/7 days
Reduce the Risk:
Talk with your partner(s). Find out:
What does NOT protect you against STIs:
Pregnancy is a transforming experience in which may bring multiple emotions such as anxiety, fear, denial, happiness, or guilt regardless if the pregnancy is intended or not. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, absence of menstrual cycle, and breast tenderness. Students concerned they might be pregnant may be directed to the Student Health Center for a pregnancy test. Upon confirmation, community referrals are available.
Life Choices of North Central Louisiana:
Offers support when you were not expecting to be pregnant.