There are many different types of STDs, some have symptoms, some do not. Assure Women’s Center provides referrals for free STD testing for some of the most common STDs. If you think you may be infected, know for sure. Visit our center to learn more about STDs and to be referred for free STD testing and treatment.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infects cells of the immune system, breaking down the body’s ability to fight off infections and diseases. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) refers to advanced stages of HIV infections where symptoms may occur. There are still over 1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection.
More than 700,000 people annually in the U.S. are infected with gonorrhea. Many do not have any symptoms. Those who have symptoms often experience a burning sensation when urinating. In women, these symptoms are often mistaken for a bladder or urinary tract infection. Although gonorrhea is curable, if left untreated it can cause serious and permanent health problems in both men and women.
Syphilis is an STD caused by bacteria that is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with syphilis sores. Syphilis is diagnosed by a blood test and is easily treated and cured in its early stages. Untreated syphilis may cause long-term complications and even death.
Roughly 1 in 6 people in the U.S. ages 14 to 49 have a genital herpes infection. Many people are unaware of their infection. Most people do not experience symptoms or they have very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed. Those who have symptoms experience painful genital sores. These outbreaks can be treated with medication, but there is no cure for herpes.
An estimated 3.7 million people in the U.S. have trichomoniasis (trich), a common STD caused by a parasite. Most men and women who are infected don’t experience symptoms. Trichomoniasis can increase the risk of getting or spreading other STDs. It can be easily cured with a prescription antibiotic.