Lets talk a bit about STIs.
STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs and how they are transmitted, they are…
- Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
- Skin to skin contact
- Breast milk and Vaginal Delivery
So it is important to know that people define “sex” differently, but if people are having sexual contact with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play, that is how they would be at risk for an STI. Barrier methods like condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of STI transmission during sexual contact.
What is really important to know about STIs, is that many STIs do not show any noticeable or visible symptoms. Meaning the infection can be in the body and may not be giving any “signs” or indications that it is present.
SOME symptoms that can be an indicator of an infection are:
- Pain with urination
- Change in discharge ( a change in the color, odor, consistency, amount)
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding during or after intercourse
- Sores/lesions on the genitals
The only way someone can know for sure if they have an STI is to get tested. If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic to get tested you can call us at 303-442-5160