Sexual Health – STDs/STIs

STDs and STIs - What should you know?Did you know that you could be a risk of acquiring a Sexually Transmitted Disease each time you have sex? And it’s not just intercourse to be concerned about, but all types of sex including oral and anal sex, and mutual masturbation. STDs or STIs can be transmitted during any sexual activity through body fluids and skin-to-skin contact.

What you should know
There are now many chronic STDs, several of which are life-long and can cause severe damage. In the United States, an estimated 20 million new infections are diagnosed each year. Over half of all STDs occur in people ages 15 to 24. [1]

Remember-you don’t need to be experiencing symptoms to pass along an SDT or STI to your partner.

Do you know the difference between and STD and an STI?
“STI”(Sexually Transmitted Infection) and STD(Sexually Transmitted Disease) often mean the same thing. The term “disease” generally suggests that there are symptoms involved and many STIs do not have symptoms. [2] An STD is generally thought to have progressed farther along than an STI. So not all STIs will turn into STDs, however all STDs are considered to be an STI.

Prevention and Treatment
You may have considered using a condom in the past to prevent an STD or STI however, the use of condoms during sex is not a guarantee of prevention. The only way to completely avoid getting or passing an infection is to abstain from all sexual contact.

STDs and STIs can sometimes be treated or managed with medications. Don’t wonder in silence. Early detection is essential, so if you think you may be infected, call us to talk so we may refer you for an STI screening.

[1] STD “Trends in the United States” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats11/trends-2011.pdf
[2] http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/sti-vs-std