STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are one of the most critical health challenges we face today. It is estimated that over 65 million people in the US have a viral STI of some kind. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that there are more than 19 million new infections every year in the United States alone. Further, the CDC has found that one in every two sexually active people will come into contact with an STI at some point in their lives.
Undetected and untreated STIs can increase a person’s risk for HIV and cause other serious health consequences. STI screening can help detect disease early. When treated afterward, detection is one of the most effective tools available to protect one’s health and prevent the spread of STIs to others.
How do I know if I have an STI?
Because a lot of people experience no symptoms at all when they are infected, it can be hard to tell if you have an STD. With that said, it is important to realize that even though you are not currently experiencing symptoms, it doesn’t mean that an STI will not soon be causing harm to you.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of STDs.
- Fever and chills
- Pain during urination
- Itching or swelling near or on the genitals
- Pain during sex
- Unusual discharge from the genitals
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms, you should consider making an appointment to get tested as soon as you can.
Get Yourself Tested Today
If you are concerned that you may have an STD, you should get yourself tested! We offer testing and treatment for two of the most common STDs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, and can refer you for additional treatment if needed. Contact us today to set up an appointment.