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What are STIs?
STIs are sexually transmitted infections that are passed from person to person during sexual activity (vaginal, oral, and anal sex, outercourse or mutual masturbation). STIs can be transmitted through bodily fluids and, in some cases, skin-to-skin contact. The term “STD” (sexually transmitted disease) describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body and like STIs, may or may not be accompanied by symptoms.
Who should test for STIs?
One in two sexually active persons will contract a sexually transmitted infection by age 25. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in this country, half of those among young people aged 15–24. Many STIs have no symptoms so early detection and treatment is critical because they can still cause severe damage, are contagious even in the absence of symptoms and can be easily passed to partners.
If you’ve been sexually active, the CDC recommends you test for STIs each year.
How can I prevent getting an STI?
Condoms when used consistently and correctly can reduce, but do not eliminate the risk of contracting an STI. The CDC recommends vaccinating to prevent hepatitis B and HPV and states that the most reliable way to avoid infection is not to have sex or engage in mutual monogamy (being sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you).
What treatments are available?
Some STIs can be treated and cured with medication, others cannot be cured, but symptoms can be managed.
How much does testing cost?
Consultations are free. Lab fees apply to testing, but clients are notified of the costs up front. We do not accept insurance. Cash or debit/credit cards are accepted for payment.
What STIs do you test for?
We offer testing for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, Herpes 1 & 2, HIV, and Hepatitis C. We also provide education regarding STIs and prescribe treatment for some STDs.