Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are rising. STDs are infections passed from person to person during sexual contact – orally, anally, or vaginally. Many times these infections do not cause any immediate symptoms.
Sexually transmitted diseases are widespread. In fact, 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by age 25 and won’t even realize it, and 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. currently has an STD. Curing some STIs is pretty simple. Others are incurable and have lifelong effects.
STDs vs. STIs
Are you confused by the difference between STDs and STIs? The disease is only labeled as such in the medical field if symptoms are present. When there are no symptoms present, the infection is labeled as a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Many people, including experts, use the terms interchangeably.
How Will I Know If I Have An STD?
If you’ve had recent or even past sexual contact with another individual, it’s essential to get tested. You’re at higher risk if you’ve had unprotected sexual contact, haven’t been tested in over a year, or have had multiple sexual partners in the last six months.
Even though you often won’t have symptoms, here are some of the more common ones:
- A burning sensation with urinating
- Pain or discomfort during or after sex
- A change in your vaginal discharge
- An unusual fishy vaginal odor after sex
- Pain in your lower abdomen
- Small bumps, warts, or lesions around your vagina, vulva, anus, or thighs
STDs and Pregnancy
Pregnant women can easily contract STDs. However, having an STD when pregnant can have significant health implications. It is essential to be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and how to protect yourself from infection.
After taking a pregnancy test at one of our clinics, you can schedule an STD appointment.
If you suspect you may have an STD, speak to your nurse about limited STD testing today to see if it’s right for you. With a positive pregnancy test from Palm Beach Women’s Clinic, you receive testing and treatment for STDs at any of our convenient locations in Palm Beach County.
Contact us today for your low-cost and confidential appointment.