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If you are having sex, get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s #BetterToKnow
STIs are sexually transmitted infections that are caused by bacteria or viruses. Anyone having vaginal, anal, or oral sex can get an STI. Many STIs don’t show any symptoms. The only way to know you have an STI is to get tested.
Testing at NEVHC is easier than you think:
Many people who have an STI do not experience symptoms. When STIs do produce symptoms they may include:
– unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
– sores or warts
– painful urination
– itching and redness in the genital area
The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested.
There are many ways to reduce your risk of getting an STI, including:
– using condoms and dental dams every time you have sex
– getting vaccinated to protect against STIs like HPV and hepatitis B
– Get tested with your partner(s). Talk to each other about your test results before having sex.
For more tips on talking with your partner(s) click here.
Anyone who is having sex should get tested. It is especially important to get tested if:
– You have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners
– You and your partner(s) are thinking about not using condoms
– Your partner has cheated on you or has multiple partners
– You’ve had an STI in the past 2 years
– You have symptoms that suggest you might have an STI
All STIs are treatable and most can be cured.
– STIs are treated with antibiotics and/or antiviral drugs
– Getting treatment early will help prevent long-term health risks for yourself and your partner(s)
– Serious health problems can occur when STIs go undiagnosed or untreated
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