Did you know that 1 in 4 women (25%) are currently infected with a STI (sexually transmitted infection)? And that there are over 25 types of STIs, many of them showing no symptoms? STIs have the power to affect you for the rest of your life. It is important to be properly informed about STIs and know for sure if you (or your partner) have a STI before becoming sexually active.
What are the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections?
The most common STIs are: Chlamydia, Genital warts, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis, Herpes, Molluscum contagiosum (also known as water warts), Scabies, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis
Should I get tested?
Have you had more than one sexual partner? Has your sexual partner been sexually active with someone other than you? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you are at risk of having a STI and should get tested. Many STIs show no symptoms, the symptoms are hard to distinguish from symptoms of common illnesses, or the symptoms do not show up for a number of months or years. It is important to get tested so not only can you start necessary treatment right away but also you spread the STI to your sexual partner. It is also important for your partner to get tested as well.
Where can I get tested?
We do not currently offer STI testing at our facility. However, the Floyd County Health Department performs screening for some of the most common STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis). You can call or come by Haven Health Clinic for more information on getting tested or call the Health Department.