Are you at risk? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are all too common, especially among young adults, and can lead to serious health issues – even death – if left untreated.
Take 5 minutes and find out if you should be tested for an STD using Medical Institute for Sexual Health’s STD Wizard.
If you fall into the high risk category, or suspect that you might have an STD/STI, don’t delay. Call us at (215) 538-7003, text us at 215-876-3110, or make an appointment.
We currently can test for and treat the two most common forms of STD's: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
What is a sexually transmitted infection/disease (STI/STD)?
An STI is an infection passed from one person to another person through sexual contact. An infection is when a bacteria, virus, or parasite enters and grows in or on your body. STIs are also called sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs.
Some STDs can be cured and some STDs cannot be cured. For those STDs that cannot be cured, there are medicines to manage the symptoms.
How many people have STDs and who is infected?
Nearly 20 million people in the United States get an STD each year. These infections affect women and men of all backgrounds and economic levels. But half of all new infections are among young people 15 to 24 years old. Women often have more serious health problems from STDs than men, and have a higher risk than men of getting an STD during unprotected sex.
How do you get an STD?
STDs are spread in the following ways:
Having unprotected (without a condom) vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who has an STD. It can be difficult to tell if someone has an STD, since many STD’s have no symptoms.
During genital touching. It is possible to get some STDs, such as syphilis and herpes, without having sex.
From a pregnant or breastfeeding woman to her baby
Can STDs cause health problems?
Yes. If left untreated, STD’s can cause many different health problems, including infertility, organ damage, infection to other parts of the body, certain cancers such as cervical cancer, and even death. Having certain types of STDs also makes it easier for you to get HIV if you come into contact with it.
The information above was taken primarily from www.womenshealth.gov, which is a good source for answers to other commonly asked questions regarding STIs.