STD & STI are somethings that we do not like to speak about, but unfortunately in sexually active adults they more common than most people think. 1 in 5 adults has some sort of STI or STD. Having an STD/STI can be embarrassing for most but if you don’t get them treated soon you could end up with some major complications. Below we will discuss some precautionary measures you should take for STD’s.
Always use protection
This is the oldest saying in the book, you should always use a condom or other form of contraceptive when having sexual intercourse. If you are actively having sex with more than one partner this puts you at a higher risk than those with one partner so always use contraceptives. When you have sex with a partner you are not only exposing yourself to them but also every person they have been with. Some forms of contraceptives you can buy at your local pharmacy are:
- Condoms (men)
- Female condoms
- The diaphragm
Do the research
STD/STI all have symptoms that come with them. STD/STI can even have no symptoms in which this happens a lot of the time! However, if you have had unprotected sex & are experiencing :
- Burning during urination
- Any type of bumps or bleeding on genitals
- Genitals looking disfigured or in pain
If you have had unprotected sex & think you have been exposed the best thing to do is to get tested. The longer you wait the more you risk the chance of getting a more severe symptom. Here at AFC Urgent Care Springfield, we will give you complete privacy with your testing. Come in today & get tested!