Sexual activity comes with risks. Beyond the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy, engaging in sexual activities can result in contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
STIs are not exclusive to sexual intercourse and may be contracted through other sexual activities. If you are sexually active, it’s important to get tested.
At the Pregnancy Resource Clinic, we can provide STI education and limited testing. We offer free Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing and treatment. Our nurses are available to answer any questions you may have. Please call or schedule an appointment today.
Do I have an STI?
Many STIs are asymptomatic, meaning you don’t experience any signs or symptoms. However, they are still infectious, which means you can give them to someone else. An STI left untreated over time can also lead to long term health consequences. That’s why it is important for anyone in Springfield, Ohio who is sexually active to receive STI testing, regardless of whether or not symptoms are detected.
Important facts about STIs:
- 1 in 4 teens in Clark County Ohio are presently infected with an STI.
- 1 in 5 Americans of all ages are presently infected with an STI.
- STIs are contagious, even when no symptoms exist.
- Two of the most commonly reported STIs (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea) pose a particular risk to the health of women, as both can result in infertility if left untreated.
- You can have an STI, never know it, and pass it on to others, including your baby if you are pregnant.
Reducing Your Risk of Getting an STI
One of the best defenses in reducing risk of contracting an STI is to use condoms during sexual activity. However, this does not eliminate your risk. Only a long term, committed relationship where both uninfected partners are having sex only with each other provides 100% effective protection from STIs.
The Pregnancy Resource Clinic can provide more information about how you can protect yourself from contracting and spreading STIs.