If you are eager to talk about having a sexually transmitted infection (STI), raise your hand – we didn’t think so. But anyone who has sex – oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse and genital touching – is at risk of getting an STI.

Protect your sexual health. STIs can be passed from person to person through unprotected sex and other intimate physical contact.

Condoms are somewhat effective, but they don’t provide 100% protection. You need to protect your sexual health with regular testing.

What Are The Symptoms of an STI?

Some STIs are asymptomatic. This means they don’t have any symptoms, which is often the reason people put off getting tested. No symptoms, no infection, right? Wrong. It is important to get tested if you are sexually active.

Plus, experts say, “Bacteria from untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common cause of PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease).” You and your partner need testing, especially if one or both of you have had other partners.

Possible STI Symptoms

If you do experience symptoms, these are some common ones to expect:

  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal itching or irritation

Left untreated, the CDC says you are at an increased risk of giving or getting HIV, experiencing long-term pelvic or abdominal pain, or being unable to get pregnant in the future.

Young people aged 15 to 24 and pregnant women are more affected by STIs. In many cases, they are very easy to treat or easily managed.

Where Can I Get Tested?

Compass Women’s Clinic offers STI testing based on individual pregnancy-related patient needs and criteria. STI testing and treatment options will be discussed during your medical assessment with the healthcare provider.

“More than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2022.” The CDC

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