Being informed about STIs and their risks can help you make decisions about your sexual health that will impact your health for the rest of your life. LifeClinic offers no-cost testing and treatment, as well as information on all the types of STIs.
What’s the difference between STIs and STDs?
A Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is a disease that is spread through any kind of sexual contact. However, since many of the most common STDs do not exhibit signs or symptoms at first, they’re now more accurately referred to as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) by most health experts. Even though you may not be experiencing signs or symptoms, the presence of an undetected STI is still harmful to your health. It is also important to understand that some STIs can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.
Am I at risk?
If you have had sex with more than one partner, or if you have had sex with someone who has had multiple partners, you are at risk for contracting an STI. STI’s may be contracted through oral, vaginal, or anal sex, as well as through mutual masturbation.
What should I do if I am at risk?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all men and women who are sexually active should be tested every year, or anytime you have new or multiple sex partners, just in case you have unknowingly been infected with an STI. To minimize your risk of contracting STIs, you may choose to abstain from sex or remain in a long-term, single-partner relationship like marriage.
At LifeClinic, we offer three locations to serve you. Each of our locations has the capacity to test you for the two most common STIs: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. These are bacterial infections that are treatable. If your test is positive for either strain, we can offer you treatment and follow-up testing at no cost.
What can happen if an STI goes untreated?
If left untested and untreated, an STI can cause serious long-term reproductive damage. Depending on the STI, as not all can be treated, you could be at increased risk for infertility, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, cancer, miscarriage, and a shorter lifespan.
Each location of LifeClinic is fully equipped to test and treat both men and women for the two most common STIs in the United States. If you think you’re at risk for other STIs, we can refer you to a clinic that offers additional testing. Schedule an appointment with LifeClinic to get tested today.