Unprotected sex? Am I At Risk Of Contracting An STI Or An STD?

April 1, 2024

Sexually transmitted diseases and infections (also known as STD’s and STI’s) are very common in the U.S and they continue to be a growing concern for certain age groups, especially over the last few years. Yes, STD’s and STI’s are very common. Meaning, there are quite a number of them out there. The stigma of an STD or an STI is still around and hasn’t changed a bit. Unfortunately, in some cases, due to this stigma, an STD or the STI that is left untreated may lead to severe health issues in the future.

AFC Urgent Care New Bedford wants you to have the confidence in trusting us if you suspect you have an STD or an STI. We’ve created a guide to help educate and to help those who are beginning to be sexually active, and offer confidential STD and STI testing. It’s between you and your provider alone.

Commonly known STD’s and STI’s

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and infections (STIs) are conditions primarily spread through sexual activity, encompassing vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): BV is a prevalent vaginal condition treatable with medication but can elevate the risk of contracting an STD.
  • Chlamydia: This commonly occurring but treatable STD, if untreated, may lead to fertility complications, especially in women.
  • Gonorrhea: Another widespread STD, gonorrhea, responds well to medication. However, if ignored, it can lead to severe health issues.
  • Syphilis: Left untreated, syphilis can result in significant health complications, yet it is curable with appropriate treatment.
  • Herpes: Genital herpes, often without symptoms, can be managed with medications to minimize outbreaks and transmission.
  • Hepatitis: Viral hepatitis, a primary cause of liver cancer and liver transplants, underscores the importance of preventive measures.

Tips on Preventing STD’s and STI’s

Sex shouldn’t be feared, here are some ways you can prevent an STD or an STI:

  • Use Condoms - Correct and consistent use of the male latex condom is highly effective in reducing STD transmission. If you have latex allergies, synthetic non-latex condoms can be used.
  • Abstinence - The most reliable way to avoid infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral).
  • Vaccination - Vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended ways to prevent hepatitis B and HPV. 
  • Reduce Number of Sex Partners - Reducing your number of sex partners can decrease your risk for STDs.
  • Mutual Monogamy - Mutual monogamy means that you agree to be sexually active with only one person, who has agreed to be sexually active only with you.

How Often Should I Get Tested For STD’s And STI’s?

How often is “often” enough? It depends on many variables such as age, and the number of partners you have to name a few…

All adults and adolescents from ages 13 to 64 should be tested at least once for HIV. All sexually active women younger than 25 years should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year. Women 25 years and older with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners or a sex partner who has an STD should also be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia every year. If you're sexually active, you should be getting tested at least once a year. If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, then it is highly suggested to get tested periodically throughout the year and to practice safe sex with a condom.

STD’s/STI’s  aren’t just transmitted by intercourse. They can be transmitted by anal, and oral sex as well. In some situations, STD’s/STI’s don’t have symptoms. Someone can have them without even knowing. Due to some cases of not having any symptoms, it is crucial for someone to get tested. The STD/STI test can prevent future health issues.

Be On The Lookout If These STD/STI Symptoms Show Up

  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Sores or warts on the genital region
  • Itching and redness in the genital region
  • Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
  • Abnormal vaginal odor
  • Anal itching, soreness or bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

These symptoms may not appear right away or at all. That does not mean you should not get tested. Getting tested will help you and if tested positive will help you get rid of the unwanted STD or STI.

Can I Go To AFC Urgent Care New Bedford For Confidential STD/STI Testing?

Yes. AFC Urgent Care New Bedford is fully committed to delivering a comprehensive array of sexual health services and resources aimed at keeping you well-informed and protected. Empower yourself today by taking proactive steps to manage and prioritize your sexual health for a brighter and healthier future.

Operating seven days a week, our clinic warmly welcomes walk-in patients while also providing the convenience of appointment scheduling via phone. AFC Urgent Care New Bedford prioritizes accessibility and accepts most insurance plans, ensuring that high-quality healthcare remains affordable and accessible to all. Additionally, our user-friendly online payment system streamlines the check-in and check-out process, enhancing your overall experience.

Rest assured, our dedicated team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need on your journey towards optimal sexual wellness. Trust AFC Urgent Care New Bedford to be your steadfast partner in maintaining a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

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