We care about your physical, emotional, and sexual health. As a result, we’ve added free and confidential STD/STI testing at The Open Door. Cases of sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections have risen dramatically.
Who Gets An STD or STI?
Anyone who is sexually active risks some degree of exposure to a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You’re particularly at risk if:
- You have unprotected sex and don’t use a latex condom. Improper or inconsistent use of condoms can also increase your risk.
- You have multiple partners
- You’ve had an STI before
- You are young. Half the STIs occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
- You misuse alcohol or drugs which can impair your judgment
When Should I Get Tested?
It’s recommended you get tested at least once a year. However, if you have a new partner, you both should get tested before having sex. It’s especially important to get tested immediately if you experience any of the symptoms.
How Will I Know If I Have An STD Or STI?
It’s possible you could contract an STD from someone who seems perfectly healthy and may not even know they have an infection. Or, you may have an infection and not have symptoms immediately.
Symptoms that might indicate an STI include:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Foul-smelling discharge
- Pain during sex
Schedule an Appointment
The Open Door in Cisco offers free and confidential STD/STI testing on the third Friday of every month. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.
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