What is an STI?
Testing positive for an STI can seem scary, but it’s vital for your health and wellbeing. By the age of 25, one in two Americans will have contracted an STI. You owe it to yourself to know where you stand and receive treatment today if tested positive. You are not alone.
An STI stands for a sexually transmitted infection caused by sexual contact, sometimes nonsexual contact as well. The bacteria, viruses, or parasites that cause STIs can pass through blood, semen, or vaginal, and other bodily fluids.
You may have also heard of an STD. – a sexually transmitted disease. STDs often begin as STIs, as an infection (not all, but many). This is why STI testing is so vital, in order to catch it and get treated BEFORE it becomes an STD.
Common STI Symptoms
Many people experience STI symptoms and some none at all. You may feel perfectly healthy and not know you have an STI. Here are some signs/symptoms that could point to an STI:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- A rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
What if I’m Pregnant?
It’s very important when pregnant to get tested for STIs, as STIs during pregnancy can pose serious health risks for you and your baby. Even if you have been tested in the past, testing again is vital to be sure.
Should I get Tested?
Yes! Even if you have no symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Get the clarity you’re looking for with STI testing today. We offer testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea and confidential STI/STD treatment referrals as well.
Talk to us today to learn how to get started with STI testing at our center today.