STD Questions and Answers

Below are some standard questions and answers regarding STD facts and frequent questions. If you are concerned that you are at risk for an STD, please don’t put off getting tested. STDs are common and it is possible to be infected without being aware. Take control of your health and get tested. Call Care Net Frederick today for your free and confidential appointment – 301.662.5300.

Q: What is an STD?

A: An STD is a sexually transmitted disease; an infection that is transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex, intravenous drug use or through nonsexual contact such as childbirth or breastfeeding.

Q: Should I get tested for STDs?

A: Yes. Take charge of your sexual health. Some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, may not display any symptoms at all, but are still just as contagious.

Q: How do I know if I have an STD?

A: You can have an STD and not know it due to a lack of symptoms. For instance, you can contract chlamydia or gonorrhea and not have the infection treated due to lack of bumps, rashes or itching. The “silent” nature of STDs helps explain why these infections are so widespread as so many individuals are simply unaware that they have one or more and they spread them unknowingly. Help put an end to the spread of STDs and help protect yourself by learning your status.

Q: Is oral sex safe sex?

A: Simply put, no. You are just as vulnerable to STDs from unprotected oral sex, whether you are the giver or the recipient, as you are with any other unprotected sexual activity.

Q: Where can I get STD testing?

A: Call Care Net Frederick today for your free and confidential appointment – 301.662.5300.

*excerpts from www.stdcheck.com

“It’s Just Sex, Right?”

“It’s Just Sex, Right?”

The physical risks of sexual activity ARE REAL. But they’re not the entire story!

Besides STDs/STIs and pregnancy, there’s something else to consider. Sex is a powerful, intimate act, and can lead to emotional difficulties.

If you hold off on sex for now, here are a few things you won’t be missing out on:

REGRET – Giving up your virginity is not something to rush into. This decision can leave you with feelings of regret and wishing that you had waited.

ANGER – Every year in 15 to 24 year olds, 1 out of 5 may get an STD/STI, which can lead to anger toward their partner.

EMOTIONAL DISCOMFORT – Those with an STD/STI are less likely to feel good about themselves after sex and less comfortable during sex.

GUILT – After sex, you might feel like you let yourself down and others that believe in you. You could also feel guilty if you hurt your partner.

What does WAITING feel like?

Waiting for sex is a decision that’s packed with positive benefits. Even if you’ve already had sex, it’s not too late to decide to wait to have sex again. Waiting gives you the chance to feel:

FREE – Your future is ahead of you without the worries of STDs/STIs, pregnancy, or emotional entanglements.

INDEPENDENT – The strongest people are leaders, not followers. So what if it seems like everyone else is having sex. Show your leadership by making independent decisions!

RESPECT – You earn respect by standing out, not blending in.

HEALTHY – Being healthy and feeling healthy can positively affect your entire outlook on life.

Care Net Frederick offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services. If you are second guessing your decision about being sexually active and want to talk to someone about it; or if you are concerned that you might be pregnant or have a STD/STI, please call today to set up your free appointment at 301-662-5300 or email us via our website contact page.

Excerpts from The Medical Institute (2007). “IT’S JUST SEX, RIGHT? THE EMOTIONAL IMPACT OF EARLY SEXUAL ACTIVITY, Austin, TX.

To see The Medical Institute references, view or purchase this pamphlet, please visit www.medinstitute.org.

What You Need To Know about Syphilis…

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Here’s the Who, What, When, Why and How low down on this STI

Who:  Every year, nearly 9 million people under the age of 25 get a new STI (sexually transmitted infection). One of these infections is syphilis. If you’ve had sex, you could have an STI. Some STIs cause symptoms. Some don’t. You could have one and not even know it. Some STIs make you sick today and others cause problems later in life.

What:  Syphilis is a bacterial STI. You can get it from having sex with an infected person. Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. However, they will not repair any damage already done. Delayed treatment can result in serious problems. Both you and your partner must be treated.

When:  You are at risk of getting syphilis when you have sex with an infected person. You usually get it through contact with sores or infected patches. These can be on the genitals or sometimes even on the mouth. Babies can get it from their mothers during pregnancy. Most infected people don’t notice any symptoms, but they can still pass on syphilis. Syphilis can also be passed during oral and anal sex.

Why get checked?  Syphilis symptoms are often similar to those of other diseases. At first, you may get a painless sore for a few weeks. If you don’t get treatment, your syphilis will get worse. Next, you may feel like you have the flu. At this point, you may notice a rash. If you still don’t get treated, syphilis can cause blindness, brain damage, heart damage and death. Syphilis also increases your chance of getting HIV. If you always use condoms for vaginal sex, you can cut your chance of getting syphilis by about half. So far, there is no evidence that condoms reduce your chance of getting syphilis during oral or anal sex.

How to avoid getting infected?  Avoid all sexual activity if you are single.  Be faithful to one uninfected partner for the rest of your life. If you have had sex, do yourself a favor and get checked out!

Here at Care Net Frederick we offer FREE and confidential STD/STI testing!

Call today to set up your free appointment at 301-662-5300 or email us via our website contact page.

 

The Medical Institute (2012). Syphilis, get your facts straight [Pamphlet]. (N.P.) Austin, TX.

To see The Medical Institute references, view or purchase this pamphlet, please visit www.medinstitute.org.

What You Need To Know about Gonorrhea…

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Here’s the Who, What, When and Why low down on this STD

Who: Every year, almost 4 million American teenagers get an STD. If you’ve had sex, you could be infected with one or more STDs, including gonorrhea. Some STDs cause symptoms. Others don’t. You could have one now and not even know it. Just because you don’t know you’re infected doesn’t mean you aren’t being affected.

What: Gonorrhea is the second most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD). Women and men can both get gonorrhea by having sex (vaginal, anal or oral sex) with an infected person.

When: You can pass gonorrhea to every person you have sex with, even without symptoms.

Why: Why get checked for gonorrhea? It is important to get checked because most infected people (especially infected women) don’t have symptoms, so they can’t tell. When people with gonorrhea do have symptoms, they might experience pain when going to the bathroom or a discharge from the penis or vagina. So don’t put getting checked out off! Why choose abstinence? To avoid being infected with gonorrhea and other STD’s of course. Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only certain way to avoid being infected. Already had sex? Do yourself a favor and get checked out!

 

Here at Care Net Frederick we offer FREE and confidential STD/STI testing!

*Call to set up your free appointment at 301-662-5300 or email us via our website contact page.

 

 

 

The Medical Institute (2008). Gonorrhea, get your facts straight [Pamphlet]. (N.P.) Austin, TX.

To see The Medical Institute references, view or purchase this pamphlet, please visit www.medinstitute.org.

What You Need To Know about Chlamydia…

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Here’s the Who, What, Where, When and Why low down on this STD

Who: Every year, almost 4 million American teenagers get an STD (Sexually transmitted disease). If you’ve had sex, you could be infected with one or more STD’s, including chlamydia. Both men and women -particularly young men and women can get chlamydia.

What: Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STD. Most infected people, especially women, don’t have symptoms, so they can’t tell they are infected. People get infected by having sexual intercourse.

Where & When: Where and when you are having sex does not matter. If you are having sex, even without symptoms, you can pass chlamydia to every person you have sex with. When people with chlamydia do have symptoms, the symptoms may include pain when going to the bathroom or a “discharge” coming from the penis or vagina.

Why: Why get checked for chlamydia? Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. But if you don’t know you’re infected, you won’t be looking for treatment. If you have had sex, get checked. Don’t put it off. If treatment is delayed, infected women can get a pelvic inflammatory disease (a serious complication of chlamydia). PID causes problems now (abdominal pain) and problems later (difficulty getting pregnant or infertility). Why choose abstinence? To avoid being infected with chlamydia and other STD’s of course. Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only certain way to avoid being infected. If you haven’t had sex, your chances of getting chlamydia are small. Already had sex? Do yourself a favor and get checked out!

 

Here at Care Net Frederick we offer FREE and confidential STD/STI testing!

*Call to set up your free appointment at 301-662-5300 or email us via our website contact page.

 

 

 

 

 

The Medical Institute (2008). Chlamydia, get your facts straight [Pamphlet]. (N.P.) Austin, TX.

To see The Medical Institute references, view or purchase this pamphlet, please visit www.medinstitute.org.