STI testing

I need to know about STIs.

I need to know about STIs.

I know: it’s an epidemic.

And it’s affecting lots of teens. Just in the U.S. there are 20 million new cases each year, half among people aged 15-24. Compared to the total population, the incidence of chlamydia is five times higher, the incidence of gonorrhea is four times higher and the incidence of syphilis is three times higher. One in four new cases happens in teenagers.

I know: how STIs are transmitted.

STIs are communicated through sex. An STI is a sexually transmitted infections (or STD, sexually transmitted disease).  They can be spread through any contact between penis, vagina, mouth or anus, even if there is no penetration.

I know: most STIs don’t cause noticeable symptoms.

I probably can’t tell if I have an STI unless I get tested.

I know: how to protect myself from an STI.

The only truly effective way is to not have sex. If I’m sexually active, the best protection is to use condoms. Every time. For vaginal, oral or anal sex.

But I don’t know: how can I be sure I’m not infected?

Get tested. Contact us at nurse@crossingmanitowoc.org  or call 920.973.4346.

 

Are YOU at risk?

STI infections are common.

 

Could I have an STI (Sexually transmitted infection)?

You might think you’d know if you had an infection. But, many STIs have no noticeable symptoms.

Should I be tested?

Anyone who’s sexually active and has had an incident of unprotected sex (without the use of a condom) is at risk. You are also at risk if you or the person you are having sex with have had more than one sexual partner. You and your partner should both be tested.

What is the test like?

It’s a simple urinalysis – you’ll be asked to urinate in a cup.

How does this work?

Testing at our clinic is free and confidential. Call for an appointment. Come in for the test. We can test women for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. We’ll call you back in a few days and give you the results. If you have an STI, we can refer you to places for treatment.

How do I protect myself from getting an STI?

The best way is not to have sex. If you are already sexually active, condoms are the best protection – but are not 100% effective -- if they are used correctly and consistently every time you have oral, vaginal or anal sex.

Want to find out more?

Contact our Medical Clinic at 920.973.4346 or nurse@crossingmanitowoc.org