Common STI’s and FAQ’s
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Certain viral STIs such as hepatitis A, B, and HPV do have vaccines available. Many STIs are caused by bacterial infections and are therefore treatable by antibiotics.
Used properly, condoms can be effective in reducing the risk of spreading an STI. But even condoms are not 100% effective. The only surefire way to prevent the risk of you or a partner contracting an STI is to abstain from sexual activities. Please note that this includes all forms of sex: anal, oral, and vaginal.
That depends on the STI. Bacterial STIs and STIs caused by parasites are treatable and often curable, especially if caught early enough. Viral STIs such as herpes are trickier, currently, which is why vaccines have been and are being developed for many of them. The prevalence of STIs in our time and the treatment of them is beginning to result in the development of antibacterial resistant strains of certain STIs, which means that preventing the spread of STIs is essential for the health of future generations.
Certain STDs may have home tests available, probably urine based. Be sure to do your research before trusting these methods – contact the staff at one of our centers if you’d like to talk through your options.
In most cases, no. And failing to treat a sexually transmitted infection will likely only cause greater harm down the road for yourself, as well as increasing the risk of spreading the disease to others.
Yes. It is important for people to realize that the key to STI spreading is contact with the more sensitive areas of the human body – the act of vaginal sex is not required for transmission.
It is possible for certain STDs such as herpes to spread via kissing, though in general kissing is lower risk for spreading an STD.
When dealing with something as potentially dangerous as an STI, it is essential that you don’t try to go it alone. Talk with your doctor or one of our staff to get started on the path to treating your STI properly
Tests for STDs cannot be performed online. The only thing you would be able to do via a computer would be to answer a questionnaire – which may lead you in the wrong direction. It is much better to get a formal, lab-grade test performed.
In practice, the terms sexually transmitted infection (STI) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) can be interchangeable. The difference is that not all diseases begin with infections, though many do. Infection begins when a bacteria, virus, or parasite enters the body and begins to grow/multiply. Disease occurs when the body’s normal processes are interrupted, which can take time.
If you would like to get tested for STI’s, please schedule an appointment with us today and we can provide you with discreet and accurate testing.