Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) 

Sexually transmitted infections are passed from one person to another by having sex. STIs are very common and in the United States almost all sexually active people get one at some point in their life. Many STIs are curable and there is a treatment for most of them. Learn more or book an appointment. Getting tested is easy!

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Common Types of STIs

Chlamydia 

A very common STI caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

Herpes

A common STI that infects your mouth and/or genitals. Causes blistery sores. There’s no cure, but symptoms are treatable.

Gonorrhea

A common STI caused by a bacterial infection. Often doesn’t have symptoms, but easy to treat once it’s diagnosed.

HIV & AIDS

HIV is an infection that breaks down your immune system and can lead to AIDS. There’s no cure, but treatment can help you stay healthy.

Hepatitis B

A virus that can cause liver disease, which is spread through sex or sharing personal hygiene items like razors or toothbrushes.

HPV

Human papillomavirus, a super common STI. HPV is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer.

Pubic Lice

AKA “crabs.” Small parasites that attach to the skin and hair near your genitals. Easy to get rid of with treatment you can get at the drugstore.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a common bacterial infection. It’s easily cured with medicine, but it can be dangerous if you don’t treat it.

Trichomoniasis

“Trich” is a major cause of vaginitis. It’s very common and easily treated.

How can STIs be prevented?

Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce the risk of getting  STIs.         
 

Exposure can be prevented by

  • using condoms, internal condoms, or dental dams as a barrier between the bodies;

  • not having sex or being abstinent;     

  • getting tested regularly, especially with new sexual partners, to know your status;

  • talking openly, honestly, and without judgment with sexual partners about STIs;

  • learning how to take care of your health.

Frequently Asked Questions

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