What Is an STI?
An STI is a sexually transmitted infection; it is also known as a sexually transmitted disease. The U.S. has an estimated 110 million cases of STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis. Close to 20 million more STIs are contracted each year as well. Young people aged 15–25 account for almost 75% of them.
How Do I Get an STI?
You can contract an STI through any type of sexual activity. Not even a condom will always protect you. Some sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV) can be transmitted by contact with the skin in areas not covered by a condom.
Because some STIs show no symptoms, you and your partner should be tested. If you’re unsure whether you have an STI, or you think you may have been exposed to one, Corbella Clinic offers free and confidential screenings with a urine test. Results are available in about a week.
Testing and Treatment
You can be infected with an STI such as chlamydia and not know it. Left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women up to 40% of the time, resulting in permanent damage to the uterus and the fallopian tubes. This can prevent your ability to get pregnant should you decide you want to have a baby.
The good news is that chlamydia is easily treated and cured with antibiotics, so catching it early is important. We offer STI testing and treatment (if needed) for sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
The decisions you make about your sexuality today influence both your present and your future. Understanding sexually transmitted diseases help protect you and your body. In addition to offering free, confidential STI testing and treatment, Corbella Clinic can further educate you about STIs in developing a mature, healthy approach to sexuality.