Free and Confidential STD Testing for Women Centralia WA
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)
Should I get Tested?
- Did you know the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends chlamydia and gonorrhea screening of all sexually active women under the age of 25? https://www.cdc.gov/std/infertility/default.htm
- Gonorrhea and chlamydia often show no signs or symptoms at first. Therefore, you may have an STI without knowing it.
- You are at risk for an STI if you have had a sexual partner who has been sexually active with someone other than you. Also, the risk increases with every sexual partner you have.
- STI testing makes it possible to start treatment right away if you have a positive result. And, treatment is important so you do not spread the STI to your sexual partner.
- The longer you wait to be tested, the greater the risk for lasting and more damaging complications. Therefore, if you have been or are in any sexual relationship that could put you at risk for contracting an STI, for your own health and your partner’s health it is best to be tested regularly.
Wondering why you see the abbreviation STI? Here's the difference between an STI and an STD.
- Most people have at least heard of the terms STIs and STDs. However it can be confusing to understand the difference.
- For many years, diseases that are spread through any kind of sexual contact have been called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But, due to many of the most common STDs not showing any obvious signs or symptoms at first, many health care experts now find it more accurate to call them STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
- The bacteria or virus that is contracted through sexual contact can cause an infection (not showing signs or symptoms) that can later turn into a disease (STD) when the signs or symptoms actually appear.
- Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are often asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) when first contracted. Therefore they are often described as STI's until symptoms actually occur at which point they are often labeled as STD's.
Facts about STDs and STI's
- There are about 20 million new cases of STD’s each year in the United States. Half of these infections occur in people between 15 and 24 years of age. Learn more about STD's.
- Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms you would notice. You can get an STD from having sex with someone who has no symptoms. Possibilities provides women with free testing and treatment for the following illnesses.
- You can contract an STD through vaginal, anal and oral sex.
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