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STI Testing Information

Did you know that the most common symptom for an STI (sexually transmitted infection) or STD (sexually transmitted disease) is no symptoms whatsoever? That’s right. Many people who contract an STI do not experience any symptoms or only experience mild symptoms.

Sexually transmitted diseases adversely affect your health, whether you experience symptoms or not. So, how are you supposed to know if you have an STI?

Certain risk factors increase your chances of being exposed to an STI. If you are sexually active, you are at risk of contracting an STI and should be aware of the resources available to prevent, test for, and treat STIs.

What is the difference between an STI and an STD?

The terms STI (sexually transmitted infection) and STD (sexually transmitted disease) are both terms used to describe the same things; diseases and infections transmitted sexually through oral, anal, or vaginal sex or contact with other bodily fluids, and can be viral or bacterial.

Most STIs are easily treatable. If left untreated, STIs can cause severe health complications, including infertility for women.

Common Symptoms of STIs

If you experience symptoms as a result of an STI, they will probably include one or more of the following:

  • Pain during sex
  • Fever
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Bumps or sores on the genitals, oral, or rectal area
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Irregular or odorous vaginal discharge
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, usually in the groin
  • Rash on hands, feet, or trunk

When to Get Tested for an STI

You will want to get tested for STIs if you have recently had unprotected sex, have recently changed partners, or are considering scheduling an abortion. It is always in your best interest to get tested. The sooner you diagnose and treat an STI, the more likely you are to avoid the most adverse effects of the STI.

It is essential to test for sexually transmitted diseases if you are considering abortion since the presence of STIs can increase your risk of contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a severe medical condition caused by untreated STIs.

Considering Abortion?

Factoring in your medical history and the risk of STIs is important if you are considering abortion. Finger Lakes Pregnancy Care does not refer for or provide abortion services. Alternatively, we provide information on abortion options as well as free options consultations and free pregnancy confirmation services. We believe women deserve objective information on abortion from an organization that does not profit from their pregnancy decision.
Contact Finger Lakes Pregnancy Care to schedule your appointment today.

Finger Lakes Pregnancy Care offers free counseling regarding your decisions but does not refer for or perform abortions.

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