Sexually Transmitted Infections

You’ve probably heard about them in school… or while talking with your family or friends…they’ve definitely made appearances in movies. Yup, we’re talking about sexually transmitted infections or STIs for short. These infections are transmitted through all types of sexual activity. They can be common, but are preventable, and STIs are either curable or treatable, so read and stay safe!

Why STI instead of STD?

Teen Clinic chooses to use the term Sexually Transmitted Infection instead of Disease. The term disease can imply a clear medical problem with obvious signs or symptoms, however most sexually transmitted infections have no signs or symptoms, so we prefer the word infection.

For even more details on each infection, check of the Center for Disease Control. You can also ask us an anonymous question right on our website. If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI, think you’ve been exposed to an STI, or want to talk to a professional, call Teen Clinic to make an appointment with a qualified health care provider.