If you are sexually active, you could be at risk of having an STI. An STI is a sexually transmitted infection that is passed between partners during sexual contact. For many women and men, STIs don’t show symptoms at first, which means that knowing whether you have one can be difficult. Therefore, it’s extremely important to get tested. Real Options provides free and confidential STI testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. If you think you could have an STI, contact us today.
STIs v. STDs
So, what’s the difference between an STI and an STD? An STD is essentially an STI that is now showing symptoms. While both terms are sometimes used interchangeably, an STI refers to the stage of infection where symptoms are either not present at all or easily overlooked. However, if you have an STD, you may be experiencing certain symptoms that are out of the norm.
Common STD Symptoms
As mentioned before, you may or may not experience symptoms associated with an STI. If you are experiencing symptoms though, it’s important to get tested immediately. Below are a few of the most common symptoms you may have when infected.
- Burning when urinating
- Unusual genital discharge
- Strong genital odor
- Genital itching
- Painful intercourse
- Genital warts or sores
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or believe you may have an STI, please reach out to us today. We can provide you with limited STI testing in a confidential setting.
According to the American Sexual Health Association, one in two sexually active individuals will contract an STI by age 25. Additionally, there are approximately 20 million new people infected with STIs each year. STIs are everywhere, and unfortunately, they can be easy to catch if you are sexually active. While most STIs are treatable, there are a few, including HIV/AIDs and herpes that are incurable. Here is a list of the most common STDs in the United States.
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Herpes II
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Pubic Lice
- Hepatitis B
You owe it to yourself to get tested for STIs/STDs if you are sexually active. Real Options can help. Make an appointment today for confidential STI testing.