While pregnancy is a common concern after having unprotected sex, you may also be at risk for an STI/STD. If you have questions about STI/STDs, we invite you to come in and talk. At Birthright, we care about you, and there is absolutely no judgment.
What’s the difference between STIs and STDs?
A Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is the symptomless version of a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD.) To put it simply, those infected with STDs will show signs and symptoms of the STD, while those with STIs have been infected but do not exhibit symptoms. However, just because an STI is symptomless does not mean it isn’t dangerous!
How do I know if I should be tested?
If you are sexually active, you should get tested for STDs. STDs can be contracted through vaginal, oral, and even anal sex. Many times, those who are infected do not exhibit symptoms, and can infect their partners. To avoid serious and permanent health problems, getting tested is the only way to know for sure whether you’re STD free.
Can all STDs be treated?
While some STDs like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can usually be treated with antibiotics, unfortunately, not all STDs have a cure. For other STDs, treatment is only available to ease the symptoms. Still other STDs like HPV and HIV can result in fatal diseases, like cancer and AIDS. Untreated STDs can result in damaging health issues that vary depending on the STD, so there’s no embarrassment in getting treatment.
Your life circumstances do not define you. If you’ve recently had unprotected sex and aren’t sure what to do next, Birthright is with you every step of the way. Whether you’re concerned about unexpected pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, we can talk. Schedule your appointment to talk to a member of Birthright’s staff today.