Did you know that, if left untreated, STIs can cause serious damage to your body and can be passed to your partner without your knowledge? You do not have to have symptoms to be contagious; you can spread the disease at any time. The Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center offers free testing and treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. HIV screening is also available. For more information, or to schedule a test, please contact us today.
While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted infections (STI) are equally, if not more, concerning. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STI every time you have sex. All forms of sexual activity may put you at risk of contracting an STI.
An STI is an infection that does not always show physical signs or symptoms. It is contracted from another infected person through sexual activity. An STI becomes an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) when the infection causes damage. It’s important to remember that not all infected people will have signs or symptoms.
The symptoms of an STI are different depending on the infection. Many STIs do not cause any noticeable symptoms, so the only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. You can get an STI from having sex with someone who has no symptoms. Just like you, that person might not even know they have an STI. Some possible signs of an STI include the following:
Treating STIs early is important to prevent more serious and long-term complications. If you think you have an STI:
If you are sexually active, you are at risk for an STI. Please call us to set up your free STI testing appointment today.