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When it comes to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), most people think ‘it won’t happen to me,’ but the fact is that STI’s affect men and women of all backgrounds, cultures and economic levels. Considering that most of these transmissions tend not to display any signs or symptoms, you and your partner may very well be infected and not be aware of it, allowing the conditions to develop further which could cause significant and life threatening complications. Avoid any future complication and get tested sooner rather than later.
If you had sex (oral, vaginal or anal intercourse or genital touching) you were exposed to the risks of catching an STD, recently also referred to as a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI). Whether you’re straight or gay, single or married – if you’re sexually active you are vulnerable to STI’s and the complications that come with it. If you had unprotected sexual intercourse with a high-risk partner your risks of catching a STD/STI is likely higher than others. However, this doesn’t mean that if you used protection (although condoms are very effective in reducing risk of the transmission of most STD’s), or you’ve been with the same partner for a while now, you’re in the clear.
Hereby it is also important to keep in mind that the symptoms of an STI aren’t always obvious, they even might not manifest themselves for a long time. The only way to know for sure is to get tested sooner rather than later since early treatment might prevent more serious complications, like infertility or vulnerability to HIV.
The GU Clinic at Persona offers a full range of STD/STI test panels including but not limited to:
- Genital herpes
Our STD testing is confidential, accurate, and affordable. We understand that testing can be stressful and the privacy is very important in such matters, therefore the clinic ensures the privacy & confidentiality of our patients throughout the entire process. Our dermato-venerolog will answer all your questions, offer you sexual health advice, do the screening and prescribe you the necessary treatment in case of positive results.
To book an STI screening or consultation with our dermato-venerolog, kindly forward us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is an STD/STI?
STD is an acronym for Sexually Transmitted Disease. It is also commonly referred to as an STI, or Sexually Transmitted Infection. STIs are bacteria, viruses and parasites that can be contracted and transferred from person to person often during any sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse.
Who should be tested?
Nobody is immune to contracting an STI, so if you are sexually active, it is very important that you be tested. Not all STIs produce symptoms, so you could be a carrier and not show any signs of it. If you are sexually active, are unsure about a sexual partner you are or were involved with, or haven’t been tested in a while, avoid any future complication and get tested sooner rather than later.
Are symptoms the same for all STI's?
No, there are a broad range of symptoms for various STIs. Some are even asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms, while others will produce symptoms in as early as a few weeks after contraction. Asymptomatic STIs are still able to be transferred to other people and can cause problems later. Even more, you may miss the treatment window and have a harder time dealing with that STI in the future. Some common symptoms are body sores, pain during intercourse, a burning sensation while urinating, (strong smelling) discharge from the penis or vagina, and darker than normal urine. If you are sexually active, get tested to make sure you are not a carrier and gain some peace of mind.
Can I get an STI from oral intercourse?
Yes, STI transmission is not limited to vaginal sex. It can be transferred from oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse or genital touching. To get infected with some STI’s doesn’t even require having sex – some STI’s can be transferred through body fluids (blood or saliva) or even through contact of the skin (genital herpes, genital warts).
Are my results confidential?
Yes, your results are always 100% confidential, and you will always be treated professionally during every step of the testing process. However, we strongly advise to inform your partner if tested positively so that they can get tested as well. Keep in mind, early detection often means an easy treatment.
How long does testing take and do I need to make an appointment?
Testing is very quick, taking only 10-15 minutes of your time. However, it is necessary to make an appointment for your consultation/test. Depending on which tests were done, you’ll receive the results in 1 to 2 weeks. You can choose from a number of confidential options of how you’d like to receive the outcome of test.