STD Information

The term “Sexually Transmitted Diseases” (STD) is used to describe the 25-30 different known diseases that are passed primarily through sexual contact. Some STDs can also be spread through blood and body fluid, particularly between users of intravenous drugs.

Most people with STDs have few or no symptoms. Without diagnosis and treatment, many of these diseases can lead to serious health affects, like infertility, brain damage, cancer, heart damage, and even death. If you think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, contact the Highland County Health Department, Public Health Nursing Division, for more information.  Information is also available at the CDC's webpage


HIPAA Information

The Highland County Health  Department takes your privacy very seriously.  Click the link below to read in detail about our current HIPPA policies.  

HIPAA  - Notice of Privacy Practices>


Head Lice

What are head lice?

Also called Pediculus humanus capitis (peh-DICK-you-lus HUE-man-us CAP-ih-TUS),   headlice are yellowish-white insects that live on the human scalp.  Lice don’t have wings, and they cannot fly, hop, or jump. Head lice are about 1/8 of an inch long and are difficult to see because they are small and move quickly.  Most often, what you will see are the oval eggs, called nits, which have been laid by the lice.


Who is at risk for getting head lice?

Lice can live on ANY person’s head-regardless of age, income or cleanliness.


Where are head lice most commonly found?

They are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. Head lice hold on to hair with hook-like claws found at the end of each of their six legs. Head lice are rarely found on the body, eyelashes, or eyebrows.


What are the signs and symptoms of head lice infestation?

  • Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
  • Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites.
  • Irritability.
  • Sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected.


How did my child get head lice? 

  • Lice are passed from direct personal contact.
  • Wearing infested clothing, such as hats, scarves, coats.
  • Using infested combs, brushes, or towels.
  • Lying on a bed, couch, pillow, carpet, or stuffed animal that has recently been in contact with an infested person.


What Do I Do?

  •  Apply a lice-killing hair product (shampoo or crème rinse)
  •  Remove the nits
  •  Clean the home



  •  Lice do not cause disease
  •  Do not use kerosene or gasoline to get rid of head lice
  •  Do not shave the head
  • You cannot get them from pets