Many people think that contracting an STD/STI could never happen to them. If you are sexually active with others who have had other sexual partners, you are at risk for STDs and STIs. It’s more common than you may think.

Did you know that one in two Americans will have contracted an STI? In 2019 there were 2.5 million reported cases of STI Diagnosis in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis.

What’s the Difference Between an STD and an STI?

An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, while an STI is a sexually transmitted infection. Sexually transmitted diseases initially begin as sexually transmitted infections. Infections occur when the sexually transmitted bacteria or virus enters the body and begins multiplying.

After the sexually transmitted bacteria or viruses have entered the body, the infection could progress into a disease. At Crossroads Women’s Center, we test and treat for two of the most common STIs—Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Preventing STDs/STIs

If you are sexually active, you may be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases or infections, (STDs or STIs).  Unlike what you may have heard elsewhere, there is no birth control (including condoms) that is completely effective in preventing STDs or STIs.

Many people don’t even have symptoms of STDs or STIs, causing unknown transmission to their sexual partner. This is why it is so important to get tested for STDs and STIs if you are engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact.

Free & Confidential STD/STI Testing & Treatment

You owe it to yourself to get clarity about your sexual health. Early detection can majorly reduce the risk of causing permanent damage to your reproductive health. If you are pregnant, it’s essential to get tested for STDs and STIs. Even if you are considering abortion, STDs or STIs can cause negative consequences.

Contact us today to setup a free and confidential STD/STI testing appointment. We also offer treatment if needed. You are not alone.