Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are very common. They are passed to one another through intimate physical contact and from sexual activity including vaginal, oral and anal sex. According to the CDC, 20 million NEW Sexually Transmitted Infections occur every year in the United States.
FACT! Sexually Transmitted Infections include Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus infection, and HIV/AIDS to name a few of the more than 25 known Sexually Transmitted Infections. For women who are not treated for chlamydia and gonorrhea complications include chronic, persistent, pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Men and women may not show symptoms at all and do not know they have an STI. Therefore, it is essential that if you are having sex you need to get tested for your personal health safety as well as your partner’s. Some of these STIs can be treated with antibiotics but others like herpes, genital warts, and HIV/AIDS are not curable and will be with you for the rest of your life, for these, there are some medications to help reduce the symptoms. It is also important to realize that even if you have been successfully treated for an STI you can be reinfected.
STIs can mostly be prevented by not having sex (abstinence). If you do have sex, you can lower your risk by using condoms and being in a sexual relationship with a partner who does not have an STI. If you need to be tested or have symptoms come into Rio Grande Urgent Care and we can help you.
NOTE: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are also referred to as Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STDs.