Could You Have An STI?
Talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or diseases (STDs) is never easy. It can feel embarrassing and traumatic, but if you are sexually active, you may have an STI.
In fact, the CDC reported 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2021, and that’s with a national pandemic! STIs can affect people of all backgrounds and ages, but men and women aged 15-24 are most vulnerable.
Young people are at greater risk of getting an STD for several reasons:
- Young women’s bodies are biologically more prone to STDs.
- Some young people do not get the recommended STD tests.
- Many young people are hesitant to talk openly and honestly with a doctor or nurse about their sex lives.
- Not having insurance or transportation can make it more difficult for young people to access STD testing.
- Some young people have more than one sex partner.
What Is An STI?
The National Cancer Institute describes an STI as an infection caused by certain bacteria or viruses that can be passed from one person to another through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or other body fluids. A person can transfer the infection during oral, anal, or genital sex with an infected partner.
People who have had an STI and were treated can get infected again if they have sex with an infected person.
You May Not Know You Have One
One of the reasons people do not get tested regularly is the lack of physical symptoms. No symptoms must mean no infection, right? Wrong. Many sexually transmitted diseases have very few symptoms at first.
If left untreated, STIs and STDs can result in chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and in some extreme cases, cancer.
How We Can Help
Our team of licensed medical personnel can talk with you about the complications of STIs and make referrals for testing. We care about your sexual health. You can privately speak with us about your concerns and ask questions. Contact us to set up your no-cost appointment.