An STD is a sexually transmitted disease while an STI is a sexually transmitted infection. But, what’s the difference? Keep reading to learn more about the difference between an STD and an STI, and how you can avoid contracting these conditions.
STD & STI Details
The first known use of the term “STD” was in 1974. This term describes all sexually transmitted conditions that people can contract such as gonorrhea, hepatitis, herpes, syphilis, or chlamydia. This term has a negative connotation associated with it, but it is not 100% accurate to label all sexually transmitted conditions as diseases.
There are many people who have a sexually transmitted infection that has not, and may not ever, develop into a disease. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s important to talk to a doctor and get tested for an infection:
- Bleeding between periods
- Discharge from the penis or vagina
- Itching or irritation in the genitals
- Lower abdminal pain
- Painful bowel movements
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination
- Swollen lymph glands
- Testicular pain
The medical professionals at Women’s Clinic of Atlanta can conduct low-cost STI screenings if you are noticing any of the above symptoms. Depending on the results, we can prescribe certain medication and/or offer compassionate, medical support concerning how to manage your symptoms.
How to Avoid Contracting an STD or STI
It’s important to take the appropriate steps to help you minimize your chance of contracting an STD or STI. Consider the following tips:
- Avoid having sex with anyone with STD symptoms
- Don’t have sex
- Don’t share undergarments or towels
- Use condoms during sex
- Wash before and after sex
Whether you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or STD symptoms, we can guide you toward the decision that best fits your situation. Simply call or text us at 678-764-0857 to schedule an appointment.