If you are sexually active, there’s always a chance you could have an STI (sexually transmitted infection). It is possible even if you only have one partner.
Sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs) are passed from person to person during sexual contact, whether orally, anally, or vaginally. STIs can also be transmitted nonsexually, such as from mothers to their infants during pregnancy or childbirth or through shared needles.
You Can Have An STI Without Having Symptoms
You or the person you have sex with can look perfectly healthy, but sexually transmitted infections can be present in a person’s body without symptoms. You and your partner may not know you’re infected.
The Mayo Clinic lists the following as possible symptoms of an STI:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- A rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
Complications From An Untreated STI
Most STIs can be easily treated with antibiotics, but some are incurable. Left untreated, STIs can have serious health consequences.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical cancer
- Congenital infections in infants born to infected mothers
When Should I Get Tested?
Treating an STI as early as possible is vital to prevent long-term severe damage or complications.
At Oxford Women’s Care Center, we offer referrals for STI testing and treatment. Our services are free and confidential. We accept walk-ins or schedule an appointment. Call 513-523-1814 or 513-299-3487 for more information about testing and treatment.