STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) and STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are interchangeable terms for describing viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections that can be passed through unprotected sexual contact. Although you can use the phrases interchangeably, STI is more medically accurate.
Think you might have an STI? Are you wondering what treatment might look like? Read on or contact the Pregnancy Care Center to schedule an appointment for free, confidential STI testing and possible treatment.
Many STIs don’t cause symptoms, meaning having one and not even knowing it is possible. Or it’s possible that your sexual partner has one and isn’t aware. This is why, if you’re sexually active, it’s essential to receive regular STI testing to protect your reproductive health.
While many STIs don’t cause symptoms, some do. If you notice any of the following symptoms and you’re sexually active, it could indicate an STI:
- Pain or burning sensation during urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Pain during sexual intercourse in women
- Bleeding between periods in women
- Thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the vagina
- Painful bowel movements
- Anal itching
- Strong vaginal odor
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, can present with the following symptoms during early infection:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph glands
However, it’s important to note that these symptoms can also indicate other health conditions, and this list isn’t exhaustive. Getting tested for STIs is vital if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.
Importance of STI Testing During Pregnancy?
Think you might be pregnant? STI testing is even more critical because STIs can pass from mother to baby during birth, causing serious—and sometimes fatal—complications.
What Are Treatment Options?
If you think you might have an STI, the first step is to get tested. If your results come back positive for an STI, the treatment will depend on your STI type. For example, bacterial STIs like chlamydia or gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics, which we provide for free.
Where Can I Find Free STI Testing?
At Pregnancy Care Center, we offer free, confidential STI testing because we care about your reproductive health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.