Experts estimate that roughly 1 in 4 young people have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Understandably so, there are a lot of questions regarding STIs and the associated treatment. Allow us to answer frequently asked questions about STIs.
Does an STI produce symptoms?
The symptoms you experience will depend on what STI was contracted. Some STIs have no symptoms at all or are very mild. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is if you get tested. Health experts recommend getting tested before entering a new sexual relationship, if you have sex with multiple partners, and/or every six months. Also, get tested if you notice any of the following STI symptoms:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Abnormal rash
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Bumps in the genital area
What treatment options are available for an STI?
There are two treatment options available for an STI, depending on which one was contracted – medication or management. If your STI is treatable, medication can clear up your symptoms and the infection. However, certain STIs cannot be cured but they can be managed. Our team can talk to you about your diagnosis and help you determine the appropriate steps to take to optimize your health.
If I test positive for an STI, do I have to tell my partners?
Telling your past and present partners about your STI can protect their health and the health of their sexual partners. We understand this conversation can be difficult, and we’d be happy to offer advice on how to relay this information.
How can I reduce my risk of contracting an STI?
If you have sex with multiple partners, your chance of contracting an STI increases. To reduce your risk of contracting an STI, follow these tips:
- Limit sex to one partner
- Use condoms, as they can significantly decrease your chances of contracting an STI
- Never share needles, as many STIs can be transferred through blood
Can I contract an STI from oral sex?
Yes, gonorrhea and herpes are often transmitted via oral sex.
Allow Our Team to Help
At Women’s Clinic of Atlanta, we have low-cost STI testing and treatment options! Schedule an appointment at our Decatur location (404-377-6640) or at our Johns Creek location (404-937-3334). As always, our medical professionals are here to give you the care you need.