There are many myths about STIs that cause people to delay treatment or forego safety sexual practices. Allow us to debunk five common myths concerning sexually transmitted infections so you can enjoy optimal sexual health.
Myth 1 – Only people with multiple partners can contract an STI.
People who have had sex with as little as one or two people can contract an STI. The only way you can be confident that you won’t contract an STI during sex is if you and your partner are both virgins with no previous genital-to-genital contact. Your chances of contracting an STI increase with the number of partners you have and if they are having sex with multiple people, as well.
Myth 2 – STIs will go away with time.
STIs will not go away with time, but certain STIs will go away with medication. Other STIs are not treatable but can be managed. It’s imperative to treat STIs if possible because, if not, you could unknowingly spread the infection to your partners.
Myth 3 – STIs always show symptoms.
STIs do not always show symptoms, which can be detrimental to a person’s health. That’s why it’s imperative that you get tested regularly for STIs if you have unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, or before entering a new sexual relationship. If you notice any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with Women’s Healthcare of Atlanta to get tested right away:
- Abnormal rash
- Blisters, bumps, or sores in the genital area
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Itchy genitals
- Unusual vaginal discharge
Myth 4 – STI testing and treatment is expensive.
At Women’s Clinic of Atlanta, we offer affordable STI testing and treatment. Our team understands that this may be an overwhelming appointment, and we’re here to help you understand your test results and the best step moving forward. Ultimately, your health is priceless, and we want to help you live your healthiest life. Contact us today to make an STI testing appointment. We can test for STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, HSV (Herpes) 1 & 2, Syphilis, and Trichomonas.
Myth 5 – STI tests are painful.
Depending on the suspected STI, the test may be as simple as a visual examination, urine sample, blood draw, or swabbing the genital area. No need to feel embarrassed, as sexual health check-ups are common practice for your healthcare professional! You are taking control of your sexual health, and that is something to be very proud of.
Make an Appointment with Women’s Clinic of Atlanta
If you suspect an STI, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team. We promise confidentiality and compassion! We will answer any questions you have and will discuss treatment or management options with you. Call us today: 404-377-6640 (Decatur) or 404-937-3334 (Johns Creek)