If you’re sexually active, there’s always a chance you could have an STI. This is true even if you only have one partner. Sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs) are passed from person to person during sexual contact, whether orally, anally, or vaginally. Often, STIs don’t have any noticeable symptoms so it’s possible to have one and not know you’re passing it to your partner or someone else.

Do I Have a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

You have a chance of getting pregnant only about three days per month when you’re ovulating. You have a chance of getting an STI every time you have sex. Any form of sexual activity can put you at risk.

An infection of this kind doesn’t always have symptoms; in fact, many times it doesn’t. It becomes a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when it causes damage to your body.

What Are The Symptoms of an STI?

The symptoms will differ depending on the specific infection you have, and many STIs have no symptoms at all. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. Some possible symptoms of an STI include:

  • Pain while urinating or having sex
  • Discharge from the vagina, penis, anus, or throat
  • Unexplained rash or lesion in the genital area

What Should I Do if I Think I Have an STI?

It’s important to treat an STI as early as possible to prevent serious long-term damage or complications. If you think you have an STI, please take the following actions:

  • Stop having sex
  • Contact Pregnancy Resource Center to get tested right away
  • Notify your sexual partner(s) if you are diagnosed with an STI

Remember, if you are sexually active, you are at risk for getting an STI. Please contact us to schedule a free and confidential appointment today.