If you are sexually active, you could be at risk of having or contracting an STD. Even if you’re using contraception, no form 100 percent prevents the spread of STDs, which is why it’s important to get tested after having sexual contact with a partner. Attleboro Women’s Health Center provides free testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to women in an unplanned pregnancy. Learn more how STDs are spread and the common symptoms associated with STDs below, then make your appointment for free STD testing today.
How Do You Get An STD?
STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are transferred when an infected person has sexual contact with an uninfected person. Sexual contact refers to any contact with the vagina, penis, mouth or anus of another individual. This could include coming into contact with bodily fluids such as blood, vaginal fluids, saliva or semen, as well as coming into contact with open sores.
How Do I Know If I Have An STD?
Because many people, especially women, don’t experience any symptoms at all when first infected, it can be difficult to tell whether you have an STD. However, it’s important to note that even though you aren’t experiencing symptoms, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t doing harm to your body. Below are some of the most common symptoms associated with STDs, but the only way to really know is to get tested.
- Bumps or sores near the mouth or genital area
- Swelling or redness around the genitalia
- Painful urination
- Fever or chills
- Abnormal discharge from genitals
- Abnormal bleeding from the genitals
- Painful sex
- Severe itching or rash around the genitalia
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get tested right away. We offer STD testing in a safe, confidential environment.
Most Common STDs
While you’ve probably heard of several STDs before, there may be a few you are unfamiliar with. Also, it’s important to learn about which STDs are curable and which ones are not. For STDs that are curable, they are fairly easy to treat with medicine after you are diagnosed. However, for STDs that are not curable, there are ways to manage some of your symptoms, but there will be no way to rid your body of the disease permanently.
Some of the most common STDs are listed below. If they are marked with an asterisk*, that means that there is no current cure.
- (Human Papilloma Virus) HPV*
- Hepatitis B*
- Pubic Lice
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Mycoplasma Genitalium
get tested today
If you believe you may have an STD or have had any sexual contact with a partner, you owe it to yourself to get tested! We provide testing for two of the most common STDs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, and can refer you for additional testing if needed. Contact us today to set up an appointment.