Do I Have An STI?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very common. They pass from one person to another through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Here’s what the CDC says:
- 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have an STI
- In one year, there were 26 million new STIs
- Almost half of new STIs were among young people aged 15-24 in the U.S.
The chances are high that if you are sexually active, you are at risk of contracting an STI.
What Is An STI?
Sexually transmitted infections are transmitted through sexual contact and caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Women often have more significant health problems because of an STI than men.
Some of the more common STIs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Both chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) if left untreated. Untreated STIs can lead to hearing loss, blindness, infertility, and even some cancers.
How Do I Know I Have An STI?
Because many STIs don’t have recognizable symptoms or only mild symptoms, most people don’t believe they’re at risk. You or your partner can look perfectly healthy and still have an STI.
Getting regularly tested is essential. The CDC suggests testing every 6 months, or before you engage in sex with a new partner. We provide referrals for STI testing and treatment.