Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are commonly passed from person to person during sexual activity. These can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other types of microscopic organisms. Some infections are passed through certain bodily fluids like blood, semen, or vaginal or anal fluids, while others go from person to person through skin to skin contact. If caught early, these infections can be easier to manage and treat. Knowing your STI status also lets you know if you have a STI and can help reduce the risk of passing it to others. Testing is simple and affordable. Fortunately, all STIs can be treated and some can be cured.

Things to think about:

  • What STIs can I be tested for?

We’ll work with you to determine which tests are recommended for you. We offer testing and diagnosis for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Genital warts
  • Pubic lice (“crabs”)
  • Trichomoniasis

What are the symptoms of a STI?

Most people who have a STI have no symptoms, especially early on, but can still pass the infection on to others. Some symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Sores, blisters or rashes around the mouth genitals or anus
  • Pelvic pain that isn’t related to your period
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
  • Pain or burning when urinating or if you have blood in your urine
  • Abnormal bleeding or spotting from the vagina

These symptoms may not be a STI but they should be checked out by a healthcare provider. Even if symptoms go away, the infection may still be present and still needs treatment. It is possible to get certain STIs more than once.

How can I prevent STIs?

There are several effective ways to prevent getting or giving STIs, including:

  • Talk regularly with your partners about sexual activity
  • Limit the number of sexual partners you have
  • Use a barrier, like condoms and dental dams, each time you are sexually active
  • Talk regularly with your healthcare provider about STI testing