By: Connie Masak, APNP

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are 20 Million new STI cases in the US annually. So, what is an STI?

STIs are infections that are spread from one person to another during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Anyone sexually active is at risk of getting and spreading an STI.

STI Awareness Month

STIs are common, but many STIs don’t have symptoms. If left undetected and untreated, STIs can cause serious health complications. For example: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, both of which can have no symptoms, if left undetected and untreated can put a woman at risk for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, a condition that can lead to infertility.

The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. The CDC recommends that persons between the ages of 15 – 24 get tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV yearly. Testing should also be repeated when there is a new or a change in a sexual partner.

If you have concerns about STIs or are due for testing, please call Women’s Health Specialists. Our compassionate and knowledgeable providers can offer guidance, support, and testing options. Don’t wait! Take charge of your sexual health today.

You can schedule on our website or call us at (920) 749-4000.