An STI is a sexually transmitted pathogenic infection that can be passed from one person to another unintentionally and unknowingly. They are spread through sexual contact and can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy and birth or through shared needles.
Protect your health today by being sure of where your sexual health stands. Getting the appropriate testing and treatment is vital for continued good health and to avoid any complications.
1. You May Not Have Symptoms
It’s not uncommon to not have signs of STIs. They often don’t have symptoms until they have progressed. The Mayo Clinic shares that STIs can cause:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals, oral or rectal areas
- Painful; burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
2. Prevent Further Complications
Serious complications can occur when an STI is not treated correctly. The Mayo Clinic states some of these complications can be:
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy complications
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers
By getting tested as soon as you suspect any issue, you could prevent a major complication or serious disease.
3. Protect Your Partner or Future Partner
When you get tested for STIs, you are not just protecting yourself but also your partner or future partner.
If you’re worried that you may have been exposed to an STI, seek STI testing immediately. Stay in control of your health and wellness.
Low-Cost STI Testing & Treatment
We offer STI testing & treatment options for men and women at Mosaic Sexual Health Clinic. If you are sexually active or think that you have been exposed to an STI, it is advised that you schedule a testing appointment. Click here for additional information on each STI we test for at Mosaic.