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STDs and Sexual Health

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Awareness is essential to your sexual health...

Are you aware that one in two Americans will have contracted and STI?  In 2019 there were 2.5 million reported cases of STI Diagnosis in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Syphilis in Newborns

So what is the difference between an STD and an STI?

Considering the frequency of STI and STD occurrence, awareness is essential to your sexual health.

STD stands for sexually transmitted disease, whereas STI means sexually transmitted infection.

Sexually transmitted diseases first begin as sexually transmitted infections.  Infection occurs when the sexually transmitted bacteria or virus enters the body and begins multiplying.  Once the sexually transmitted bacteria or viruses have entered the body, the infection may progress to a disease. We test and treat for two of the most common STIs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Protect your Sexual Health...

If you are sexually active, you may be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases or infections, (STDs or STIs).  Despite what you may have heard from friends, or have read on social media, there is no birth control measure (including condoms) that is 100 percent effective in preventing the spread of STDs or STIs.  Even without symptoms, STDs and STIs can cause harm to the body and are still transmissible to a sexual partner.  That's why it is so important to get tested for STDs and STIs if you are engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact.

The Importance of STD and STI Testing...

Testing for STDs and STIs is the best way to detect infection early.  Early detection can greatly reduce the risk of causing permanent damage to your reproductive health.

It is especially important to get tested for STDs, and STIs as soon as you find out you are pregnant, even if you are considering abortion, as the presence of an STD or STI can carry negative consequences. 

Now that you know the difference between and STD and an STI, this knowledge will help you make some better choices for yourself.  

SOURCES: CDC