Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are on the rise. 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 very 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.
STDs vs. STIs
Confused by STDs and STIs? In the medical field, a disease is only labeled as such if symptoms are present. When there are no symptoms present, the infection will be labeled as a Sexual Transmitted Infection. Many people use the terms interchangeably but are one and the same.
Do I Have an STI?
Do you think you might have an STI?
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. Curious about the most common types of STDs and their corresponding symptoms? Click here to learn more.
STDs and Pregnancy
Pregnant women can easily contract STIs. However, the consequences of having an STI/STD when pregnant can have significant health implications. It is important to be aware of the harmful effects of STI/STDs and how to protect yourself from infection.
If you are considering termination of your pregnancy, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) test is essential information. During an abortion procedure, an undiagnosed STI can spread into the uterus, fallopian tube, and/or into the pelvis, which can affect future fertility or cause chronic pain.
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 and Gonorrhea at our convenient locations in Crawfordsville and Fountain County. Contact us today for your free and confidential appointment.
If you need any other STI/STD testing besides Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, Women’s Resource Center will refer you to our Montgomery County Health Department. Click here.