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.
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.
If you experience symptoms as a result of an STI, they will probably include one or more of the following:
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.
Finger Lakes Pregnancy Care offers free counseling regarding your decisions but does not refer for or perform abortions.
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