Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are all real risks for anyone sexually active. While the topic is generally seen as taboo in many parts of society, these illnesses affect one in every five people in the United States. There are about 26 million new infections every year. STI and STD are similar terms and describe similar things. The difference lies in the difference between infections and diseases. The term “infection” refers to the mechanism by which a virus, bacteria, or fungus enters the body. “Disease” is a much broader term, but generally refers to the symptoms and illnesses that an infection causes.
Some STDs are asymptomatic, meaning you may not notice that anything is wrong. However, you can still spread these diseases and cause symptomatic diseases in other people. Furthermore, untreated STDs can begin to wreak havoc on the body and even cause cancer. Even asymptomatic STDs can do this. Some STDs have uncomfortable or painful symptoms. Every STD is different, but some of the most common symptoms include:
You notice that there are lumps or swelling in or around your genitals.
You've experienced pain while urinating.
You are experiencing pain in the genital area.
You are experiencing itching in your genital area
You experience pain when using the restroom
You experience pain during sexual intercourse
STD testing is simple and relatively pain free. There are three types of STD tests:
We’re glad that so many patients choose to do the responsible thing and get tested for STDs. If you’re ready to know your status, follow these steps: First, locate the Center for Advanced Wellness closest to you, book and confirm your appointment. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes before as you might be asked to fill out some paperwork during check-in. Get tested and know you did the right thing.
Addressing all your STD and STI concerns
We believe everyone should have access to STD testing, regardless of their insurance status. That’s why we do not require insurance for these visits or any others. We offer memberships that bring the copay for these visits down to just $10, even without insurance.
If you are positive for an STD, we will give you options for treatment. Even STDs that can’t be cured often have treatments available that make them easier to manage. Furthermore, we will recommend that you inform any sex partners you have had since the last time you got a test. You may also wish to find support groups or a counselor that can help you cope with the internalized shame and stigma that can come with such a diagnosis.
Condoms are not 100 percent effective, but if used properly every time, they can offer you great protection against STDs spread by body fluids.
Each STI has a unique incubation period. It can take several days up to six months for symptoms to appear following exposure. STIs may also not produce any symptoms at all. You may be infected without being aware of it.
If you are experiencing any symptoms or want to make sure you are safe before sexual intercourse, schedule an appointment to get tested today