Sep 18, 2023

The Importance of STI Testing

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs) are no fun, but they are VERY common. If you choose to be sexually active, it’s a great idea to get tested regularly to ensure and preserve the sexual health of you and your partner. Implementing STI testing into your sexual health routine also helps prevent the spread of STIs to others.  

If you’ve had sexual contact with another person and notice and signs of an STI, visit one of our clinics to talk to a health care professional. Getting tested is key to knowing you’re in the clear because most of the time, STIs have no symptoms at all. However, you may also experience symptoms that are so mild that they don’t even bother you. If something feels off, please reach out to your local Planned Parenthood. Different symptoms and signs of a STI can include:  

  • Sores of bumps on and around your genitals, thighs, or butt cheeks 
  • Weird discharge from your vagina or penis 
  • Burning when you pee and/or having to pee a lot 
  • Itching, pain, irritation and/or swelling in your penis, vagina, vulva, or anus  
  • Flu-like symptoms like fever, body aches, swollen glands, and feeling tired 

If you’re feeling anxious about your status, know that you’re not alone - lots of people go through this! Most common STIs can easily be cured with medication. STIs that can’t be cured often have treatments to help you manage symptoms and lower your chances of giving the STI to anyone else. Remember, the sooner you know you have an STI, the faster you can start taking care of yourself and your partner(s)! 

To learn more about STIs, visit Planned Parenthood’s website.  

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