Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are more common than you might think, and it’s crucial that you receive regular testing to stop the spread and get medical treatment as soon as possible.
The CDC suggests you get tested for STIs at least once yearly, even if you don’t display any symptoms. Some STIs are asymptomatic, so it’s essential to be tested even if you feel normal.
Protecting your health is important; you deserve the medical care you need to live without fear. Continue reading to learn why you should take advantage of free STI testing.
1. Prevent the Spread of an STI to Others
Since some STIs are asymptomatic, you could spread one to a sexual partner without knowing it. Moreover, STIs are most often spread through bodily fluids and skin-to-skin contact, making transmitting one to someone else relatively easy.
Getting tested regularly for STIs will help to ensure that you receive prompt treatment and protect your partner.
2. Recognize Why You Could Be at Risk
Anyone who engages in sexual activity is at risk of contracting an STI, even if they’ve only had one partner. But certain groups are more likely to contract STIs and, therefore, should get tested more regularly:
- Sexually active women younger than 25 (for gonorrhea and chlamydia)
- Pregnant women (for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C)
- All adults and adolescents from 13 to 64 (for HIV)
- Anyone who engages in practices that could place them at risk for infection, such as sharing needles
3. Stop Larger Issues From Happening
If an STI is left untreated, you may be at risk of developing more than just unpleasant side effects. Did you know untreated STIs can lead to painful or unpleasant conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility?
Serious health complications can develop if you don’t treat STIs promptly and appropriately. This is why getting tested as often as recommended is so beneficial.
Where Can I Go for Free STI Testing?
Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers free, confidential STI testing for women only for two of the most common STIs, chlamydia and gonorrhea. We can also point you toward community resources that can offer appropriate treatment.
Contact us today to learn more and determine whether making an appointment is right for you!