STD Testing, Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Care Net of Central Texas provides a paid referral to a local vendor for testing and treatment. Make an appointment to discuss your concerns with a medical professional.

Sexual Health

When you’re sexually active, pregnancy is usually your greatest concern. While pregnancy is something to be concerned about, STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are equally, if not as concerning. If you think you have an STI, contact us to talk with a peer counselor and get a referral for testing right in your community. Facing the possibility of a STI is concerning, but you don’t have to go through it alone.

What are STIs?1

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections passed from person to person during sexual activity (vaginal, oral and anal sex). It’s important to remember that not everyone infected with an STI will experience signs or symptoms. But STIs can still cause long-lasting effects, and can be passed to your partner(s) without your knowledge. You don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to be contagious. You can spread the disease at any time.

STDs and STIs: What is the difference?2

The term Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) has been, in recent years, replaced with Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).  Specialists are noting that what were considered STDs are all caused by infections, therefore the use of STI. These infections can be caused by either bacteria or viruses that occur during sexual activity.  The most common STIs in the United States are gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphillis, which left untreated can result in long-term sexual health effects.

Prevention3

Condoms are not as effective as you might think when it comes to preventing the spread of STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Using a condom during sex can reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting certain STIs, but using a condom never eliminates the risk entirely. Vaccinations exist for some STIs, but not all. The only sure way to avoid infection is to refrain from engaging in sexual activity.

Treatment

Some STIs can be treated and cured with medications. Early detection is necessary for effective treatment. Other STIs can not be cured, but symptoms can be managed. Being tested for STIs is an easy process and is essential for your sexual health.


1CDC – STD Diseases & Related Conditions. (2019, July). Retrieved July, 2019, from https://www.cdc.gov/std/general/default.htm
2Infectious Disease A-Z: What is an STI? (2017, October 30). Retrieved from https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/infectious-diseases-a-z-what-is-an-sti/
3Prevention – STD Information from CDC. (2016, January 21). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/default.htm