According to the CDC, there are approximately 20 million new STD/STI infections each year—around half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. Though you may not think that it could be you, it’s always best to get tested to be sure.
STD/STIs sometimes don’t have visible symptoms, leaving many unaware that they have an STD/STI. There can be serious health complications if STD/STIs are not treated right away. Schedule an STD/STI testing appointment with us today to get the answers you need.
What Is an STD/STI?
First, what exactly is an STD/STI? A sexually transmitted disease is an infection spread through sex or sexual activity. They can pass from one person to another through blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids. Common STD/STIs include…
- Hepatitis B
- Genital herpes
Common STD/STI symptoms
STD/STIs may not come with any noticeable issues, but there are common symptoms you could already be experiencing. Be sure to get tested right away if you experience any of these STD/STI symptoms…
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes
- Lower abdominal pain
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
Do sTD/STIs Affect Pregnancy?
If you think you have an STD/STI and are pregnant, get tested as soon as you can, as STD/STIs can negatively affect your pregnancy. There are serious risks to know about if you’re pregnant and have an STD/STI. Even if you aren’t planning to continue your pregnancy, it’s best to get tested, as having an untreated STD/STI during an abortion could increase your risks of developing a pelvic infection and future complications.
Other ways an STD/STI could affect your pregnancy include…
- Causing a miscarriage
- Putting you into preterm labor and delivery (before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy)
- Increasing your risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo implants outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube)
If your partner is pregnant and receiving STD/STI testing as a part of her pregnancy confirmation process, you should do the same to get clarity! Men are just as susceptible to STD/STIs as women.
Many STD/STIs are often unknown because of no visible symptoms, but you must receive testing to be sure. Treatment is necessary right away to prevent further infection or damage. Most STD/STIs don’t go away without proper treatment.
Should I Get Tested?
Yes! Minimize your chances of STD/STIs having serious consequences if left untreated. Our caring team offers free and confidential STD/STI testing. We can help you determine what’s next if you receive a positive STD/STI test. You are not alone.