I Didn’t Use Protection! Am I At Risk For Contracting An STD/STI? April Is STD and STI Awareness Month

April 1, 2024

Having unprotected sex is one of the fastest ways to contract an STD or STI. In light of April being the month that brings awareness about the dangers of STD’s and STI’s, the message is very clear to brush up on your knowledge about the different types of diseases/infections, how to reduce your chances of contracting one and the importance of getting tested to know your status.

Regardless if it’s April or not, we highly encourage year round testing and continuous education so that you can avoid STD’s and STI’s altogether!

AFC Urgent Care Springfield has answers to your common questions about STD’s and STI’s and important information about getting tested for them. We have created a guide to help you understand your risk factors while giving tips on how to prevent contracting an STD/STI.

Look Out For These 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.

Who Should Get Tested For STD’s And STI’s?

STD’s are diseases that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. These include chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and HIV. Many of these STD’s do not show symptoms for a long time. You can get an STD by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has an STD.

The CDC states that the following people are most affected by STD’s and STI’s:

  • Adolescents and people aged 15 - 24
  • Gay, Bisexual, and other men who have sex with men
  • Pregnant people

Recent data from the CDC reveals concerning trends:

  • Chlamydia: 1.7 million cases (up 5% from 2022)
  • Gonorrhea: 700,000 cases (up 3% from 2022)
  • Syphilis: 140,000 cases (up 4% from 2022)
  • Congenital Syphilis: 2,300 cases (up 7% from 2022)

Remember, STDs/STIs can manifest without symptoms, highlighting the importance of prevention.

Watch Out For These Symptoms Of STDs And STIs

  • 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

*Some of these symptoms may take longer to appear or not appear at all. That does not mean one should not get tested. It’s always advisable to get tested.*

AFC Urgent Care Springfield Offers Confidential STD And STI tests

AFC Urgent Care Springfield is fully committed to providing a wide range of sexual health services and resources to keep you informed and protected. Take charge of your sexual health today for a brighter and healthier future.

We're open seven days a week and welcome walk-in patients, making it easy for you to access care when you need it. AFC Urgent Care Springfield accepts most insurance plans, ensuring that quality healthcare remains affordable and accessible to everyone. Our online payment system is user-friendly, streamlining the check-in and check-out process for a smoother experience.

Rest assured, our dedicated team is here to offer you the support and guidance you need on your journey towards optimal sexual wellness.

 Trust AFC Urgent Care Springfield to be your reliable partner in maintaining a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

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