A sexually transmitted infection occurs when bacteria is transferred through sexual contact. It’s important to know the signs of an STI in order to act appropriately to treat the infection. Discover STI causes, symptoms, risk factors, and more:
What causes an STI to form?
There are three culprits that contribute to STI formation – bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your chance of contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as abstaining from sexual relations, having sex with only one uninfected partner, using condoms consistently, and getting vaccinated.
What are common STI symptoms?
A sexually transmitted infection can have a range of symptoms or no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor for regular checkups if you are sexually active. Common STI symptoms include:
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Discharge from penis
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Genital sores
- Pain during sex
- Swollen lymph nodes in groin area
Are there risk factors?
The two biggest risk factors that contribute to an increased chance of contracting an STI are having unprotected sex and having sex with multiple partners. Although latex condoms are not 100% STI resistant, they do minimize your chance of contracting an STI. Having open, truthful conversations about sexually transmitted infections before having sexual relations is important, as well.
How Our Team Can Help
We aim to improve the health of all Atlanta women! That’s why the Women’s Clinic of Atlanta provides low-cost STI testing and treatment options. We can conduct testing or screening for the following sexually transmitted diseases:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Herpes 1 and 2
If you want to be tested for a sexually transmitted infection, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with any of our medical professionals. To make an appointment, you can text us at 678-764-0857 or call us at 404-377-6640 (Decatur location) or 404-937-3334 (Alpharetta location).