How do you know if you have an STI?

Getting tested regularly is a great way to make sure you do not have an STI. Many STIs can be asymptomatic, so getting tested is an important way to keep your body healthy. Curious about which tests you should ask for? Check out this guide on what is a good idea to be tested for.

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, there are four main modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Semen
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Skin to skin contact

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play. Although STIs can be common, remember that they are preventable!

If you are engaging in any sexual activity where sperm may come in contact with the vagina, in addition to the possibility of contracting an STI, there is also risk of pregnancy when having unprotected sex. Because both the risk of contracting an STI and/or pregnancy are so high, it’s important to use a condom correctly, consistently, and 100% of the time!

In the meantime, if you think you may have an infection, it’s a good idea to abstain from sex until you know for sure. Make an appointment at Teen Clinic as soon as possible. Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and eat a balanced diet.  Help your body stay as healthy as possible! And try not to worry. Seeing a doctor is a great way to find out for sure. You’ll have the chance to ask lots of questions and get any treatment you need.

To make an appointment at Teen Clinic, give us a call the day before you’d like to come in.  All services are low-cost to those under 20.