STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs used to be called STDs). Someone may be infected with an STI but never show any signs or symptoms and they can still carry and spread the infection to others, even if they never feel sick or have any symptoms.
Even infections with “no symptoms” can be damaging to your reproductive system, passed on during childbirth and affect your relationships.
A sexually transmitted infection develops in your body when a bacteria, virus, or parasite is passed on to you through sexual contact with a person who has a STI. It can also happen with skin-to-skin touching.
There are three kinds of STIs:
- Bacterial STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia can be cured with medication.
- Viral STIs like herpes and HIV cannot be cured, but their symptoms can be treated.
- Parasite STIs: Scabies or pubic lice which can be cured with skin creams.
Chlamydia & Gonorrhea often have “no symptoms” and can be easily tested and treated with medication. If not caught early enough, these STIs can lead to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and infertility. Also, abortion procedures performed when a STI are present can increase the risk for pelvic inflammatory disease and the potential for other complications.
Caring Hearts offers urine testing for Chlamydia & Gonorrhea which are the 2 most common infections in the state of Arkansas. Testing is performed through a simple urine collection that is sent to a lab. On the day of your testing, our staff will set a follow-up appointment for you to come back for your test results to see if treatment is needed.
STIs take time to develop. Even if you are in a hurry to get tested, you may have to wait a bit after sexual contact before you will get an accurate test result. To schedule an appointment for a urine STI test for Chlamydia & Gonorrhea, contact us now.
*If you are having symptoms such as increased discharge, painful urination, lesions, ulcers, enlarged lymph nodes, body aches or fever – please contact a physician immediately.