What is the difference between an STD and an STI?

A Sexually Transmitted Infection, or STI, means that a germ, virus, bacteria, or parasite that has the potential to cause disease or illness is present inside a person’s body. A person infected with an STI will not necessarily have symptoms or signs that a pathogen is in the body, and they might not even feel sick. Someone with an STI can unknowingly pass on an infection. If they do not have any signs or symptoms, they are probably unaware that they are carrying an infection and they may not take the proper precautions of protecting their partner. Not all STIs result in the development of an STD.

A Sexually Transmitted Disease, or STD, means the infection is actually causing the person to feel sick and presents with signs and symptoms alerting the person that something is wrong. Additionally, not all STDs can be cured.

 

Get Peace of Mind with Free STI Testing & Treatment

Having unprotected sex doesn’t just increase your vulnerability for an unplanned pregnancy, but also puts you at risk for contracting STDs and STIs. Because most STDs and STIs do not elicit symptoms at first, especially in women, it’s important that you are tested after having unprotected sex to prevent health complications and explore treatment options.

At Options for Women, we provide STI testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, which are the two most commonly reported STIs. If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to other sexually transmitted infections, please consult with your doctor for further testing, or we can assist you with a free or low-cost clinic referral.

Treatment for positive STI results is available at Options for Women at no cost based on financial need.

 

What to Expect

You will be asked to sign a consent form giving Options for Women permission to complete a confidential intake and collect a urine specimen for testing. The lab results will be available within 3-5 business days, and the nurse will call with your results. You should not urinate one hour prior to testing. You should also not have intercourse 48 hours prior to your appointment. We cannot properly test for STIs if you are menstruating at the time of your appointment, so if there happens to be an overlap, you will need to reschedule.

 

Common symptoms of STDs/STIs:

Men

  • Abnormal discharge from the penis
  • Burning with urination
  • Pain or swollen testicles
  • Sores or warts on external genitalia, lips or mouth, tongue, nose, throat or anus
  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • A sore throat
  • NO Symptoms

Women

  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina
  • Burning with urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vulvar itching, burning and/or pain
  • Wart-like growths on external genitalia, lips or mouth, tongue, nose, throat or anus
  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • A sore throat
  • Abnormal PAP Smear
  • NO Symptoms

Contact us today for free STI testing and treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

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