Often we are asked, “Do I have an STD?” “What is an STI?” “How can I know if I have a sexually transmitted disease or infection?”
WHAT SYMPTOMS ARE TYPICAL FOR STD or STI?
If you are experiencing symptoms listed below, it is possible that they may be due to an STI.
Small bumps, lesions near the vagina, penis, rectum, or thighs
Unusual vaginal odor
Pain or discomfort during sex
Burning sensation when urinating
Unusual vaginal, penile or rectal discharge
LOOK FOR A PREGNANCY CENTER THAT OFFERS STI TESTING IN YOUR AREA
Such centers will typically test for the following disorders:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
WHAT IF I HAVE NO SYMPTOMS?
Don’t guess. Test!
Had genital, oral, or anal sex with inconsistent condom use
Had genital, oral, or anal sex with more than one person and no testing in the past year
Been treated for chlamydia or gonorrhea in the past 3-6 months (get re-tested)
Binge drink or use drugs in connection with sex
Exchange sex for money or drugs and vice versa
Partner is HIV-infected, bisexual, or uses injection drugs
Had unprotected sex with someone whose history you don’t know
Partner has had more than one partner
Have been sexually active in the past but never tested