Sexually transmitted infections can cause dangerous health complications that may have been completely avoided with testing. STI testing is a proactive way to help protect well-being for years to come.
Here at Albemarle, we provide you with no-cost pregnancy testing so you can ensure you stay healthy and have the peace of mind you deserve.
What Is An STI?
An STI is short for sexually transmitted infection, also known as an STD (sexually transmitted disease). These infections are caused by either a bacteria, viruses, or parasites.
STIs are passed from one person to another usually by sexual contact. However, they may also be spread from a mother to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
Can I Treat My STI By Myself?
STIs are not infections that will respond to home remedies. Specific medical treatment will be prescribed based on the pathogen responsible. The only way to know the type of infection present is to get tested at a qualified medical facility.
Can I Wait?
You should never wait to get tested if you believe you have an STI or are at risk of contracting an infection. Although signs and symptoms may not appear, silent attacks can be occurring to your health. Don’t wait, get the care you need now and protect your wellness.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms?
Manifestations may not appear or can often be confused with other conditions or illnesses. If signs and symptoms do present, they can include:
- 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
- Rash over the trunk, hands or feet
Those at risk include people who are:
- Having unprotected sex
- Having sexual contact with multiple partners
- Having a history of STIs
- Being forced to engage in sexual activity
- Misusing alcohol or use of recreational drugs
- Injecting drugs
- Between the ages of 15 and 24
Your health matters. We encourage you to get free testing in a non-judgmental environment with professionals who care.