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Should I get tested for STDs? What are symptoms of STDs?

These are both valid questions. If you are sexually active, it is important to be tested every 6-12 months for STDs/STIs. You may hear them referred to as STDs or STIs. What is the difference? STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease and STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection. STD was the standard name previously, but the new standard name is STI due to the fact that some STIs are asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms. Infections in general can be both symptomatic and asymptomatic, while a disease is not present without symptoms (1).

 

STIs have different symptoms depending on the type of infection, but some people experience no symptoms even when they are infected and their infection can still be spread to others. This is why it is so important to be tested for STIs regularly when you are sexually active. 

Your risk of getting infected with a sexually transmitted infection is directly related to the number of partners you have. When you have sex with someone, it is said that you are having sex with everyone they have had sex with for the past ten years(2).  Condoms, when used consistently and correctly for every sexual contact, can reduce your risk, but will not completely eliminate your risk (3). 

April was Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month. This is a good time to be aware of any symptoms you may be feeling but haven’t gotten checked out. At Family Life Center, we provide chlamydia and gonorrhea testing and treatment free of charge. If you are sexually active and have not been tested for STIs recently, give us a call. We also will educate you on other types of STIs and provide referral to a physician if further testing is requested or recommended. We can also discuss eliminating your risk for any STIs by saving all sexual activity for a committed, monogamous relationship, like marriage. This is the only way you can guarantee with 100% certainty that you will not get infected. It is time to focus on you and your health. 

 

References

(1) https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sex/sti-vs-std 

(2) Heritage House. (2022). Your Sexual Exposure. Snowflake, AZ. 

(3) Heritage House. (2014). Condoms and STDs. Snowflake, AZ. 

 

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