Pregnancy is not the only result possible after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are also at risk when you are sexually active. STIs are infections passed from person to person during sexual contact – orally, anally, or vaginally. Often, these infections do not cause any noticeable symptoms.
Sexually transmitted infections are common. There were 26 million cases of STIs reported in the United States in 2018. Almost half of the new STIs were from men and women aged 15-24 years old.
Have questions about STDs and STIs? In the medical field, a disease is only labeled as such if symptoms are present. When no symptoms are present, the infection will be marked as a Sexual Transmitted Infection. Many people use the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have an STI/STD.
Did you know that there are more than 25 different types of sexually transmitted diseases? They range in severity and symptoms, including Chlamydia, which can be treated with medication, and HIV/AIDS, which has no cure. Are you curious about the most common types of STDs and their symptoms? Click here to learn more.
Pregnant women can contract STIs. However, the consequences of having an STI/STD when pregnant can have significant health implications. It is essential to be aware of the harmful effects of STI/STDs and how to protect yourself from infection.
If you are considering abortion, it’s important to take a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test beforehand. During an abortion procedure, an undiagnosed STI can spread into the uterus, fallopian tube, and pelvis, which can cause chronic pain or affect future fertility.
If you suspect you may have an STI/STD, do not wait to see a healthcare provider. Women’s Resource Center offers testing and treatment for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis at our convenient locations in Crawfordsville and Fountain County. Contact us today for your free and confidential appointment.