We offer free STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment for women only, sexual health information and education for both women and men; as well as referrals for further care. STI testing is by appointment only and administered by medical professionals.
STIs & STDs: What are they?
An STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) is an infection that does not show any physical signs or symptoms. It is contracted from another infected person through sexual activity, including vaginal, oral and anal sex and skin-to-skin contact. It becomes an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) when symptoms appear. It’s important to remember that not all infected people will have signs or symptoms. The problem is that some of these STDs can cause a lot of damage and can be passed to your partner without your knowledge. You do not have to have symptoms to be contagious; you can spread the disease any time you engage in sexual behavior.
Sex and Relationships:
The decision to have sex is a very important one, and there are lots of things to think about. Sexual relationships affect your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Whether you are considering sexual activity, or you have already had sex, there are important risks to consider. Using birth control or condoms won’t guarantee that you won’t get pregnant or contract an STI, nor will they protect you from heartbreak. The only sure way to avoid these problems is to wait for sex. Wait until you are in a long-term, committed relationship with one healthy partner, such as in marriage. Married people live longer, healthier, more secure and sexually satisfying lives. Think about it.
Do you want to talk with someone about your relationship? We are here for you. Please contact us.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.