If you’re saying, “It will never happen to me,” think again. Anytime you’re sexually active, you’re at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Unfortunately, they are more common than you realize. Because you or your partner may not experience any symptoms in the beginning, you may not know if either of you are infected. Without treatment, an STD can lead to serious health problems, so it’s important to get tested regularly.  

Getting an STD 

STDs are passed from one person to another through the exchange of bodily fluids such as during sexual intercourse. You can get an STD from vaginal, anal or oral sex. Even if you and your partner use condoms, you can never eliminate the possibility of getting an STD. Your risk is greater if you: 

  • Have sex with someone who has had multiple partners 
  • Have more than one sex partner 
  • Share needles when injecting intravenous drugs 

Detecting an STD 

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the rate of people contracting STDs is increasing rapidly. You need to recognize the symptoms and act immediately to get the necessary treatments. Although many STDs are curable, some are not. It’s important to know what signs to look for. If you’re experiencing any of these, visit our clinic as soon as possible to meet with a qualified staff member. 

  • A foul odor or discharge 
  • Bumps or sores 
  • Fever 
  • Burning with urination 
  • Cramping, spotting or discomfort with sex 

Types of STDs 

Unfortunately, there are several different types of STDs. Chlamydia often has no symptoms at all but is a bacterial infection that can be cured with antibiotics. Some STDs such as genital herpes, syphilis and HPV (Human Papillomavirus Infection), can cause warts or painful sores on your body. Others, such as gonorrhea can eventually cause infertility. HIV/AIDS interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections. These are just a few of the many types of STDs. Without testing, you won’t know what type of infection you have and what treatment to begin. 

Testing for STDs 

It’s important to protect your sexual health. Many STDs have life-long consequences if left untreated. Your health and that of your partner’s is important to us. Visit Abiding Care for your free, confidential testing. It’s quick and easy. Call 715-748-1235 or text 715-575-9566 to set up an appointment today.  

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