STDs: Get the Facts

Did you know it’s possible to have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and not even know it? Plus, your partner may not know they’ve got one either. You can pass it to anyone and get it from anyone you’ve had sex with.  At least 1 in 5 people in the U.S. have n STI, and nearly half of  people aged 15 to 24 years old have an STI.

It’s hard to recognize early symptoms of STIs and STDs. If left untreated though, they can eventually lead to serious health problems like an increased risk of HIV infection, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and even infertility. STIs are preventable and treatable, but treatment has to be done early.

Anyone sexually active, particularly with a new partner or multiple partners, should be tested. All sexually active women under age 25 and pregnant women should be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea regularly. Those two are the most common STIs. You can catch chlamydia multiple times and easily get re-infected, but if caught early enough, they can be easily treated with antibiotics.

STD/STI Testing

TLC Clinic offers free STD/STI testing, which tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. TLC Clinic also has antibiotics available for those who test positive for these infections.

The test is done via urine sample, and results take about 3-5 business days to return.

HIV and Hep C Screening

In addition to STD/STI testing, the TLC Clinic also performs HIV and Hep C screening. This screening is not the same thing as a test, but most people choose to use this service in addition to the usual STD/STI test.

This screening is done via finger prick, and results render in 15-20 minutes.

Positive Test Results?

If you test positive for an STD/STI, your next step is getting the proper treatment. It’s also important to notify the partners you’ve had over the last three months. Some infections are easily transmitted back and forth. At TLC Clinic, we provide treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you test positive. Check out the clinic here or call at 724.389.7195.

For additional resources on STIs/STDs, take a look at these

www.cdc.gov/std/

www.stdcheck.com/std-basics

www.cdc.gov/hai/

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