Don’t be afraid to ask! That’s one of the most important things that Open Door would like you to know when it comes to talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). And even more important – GET TESTED! Not all STIs have signs or symptoms. Take control of your health. Get tested!
Sexually transmitted infections, also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (or STDs) are infections that are passed during vaginal, anal and oral sex and sometimes by genital touching. Sometimes you can have an STI with no signs or symptoms, or the symptoms may go away. It’s important to understand that you still have the STI until it is medically treated.
The only way to protect yourself from contracting an STI is to abstain from sex (don’t have sex) or having sex with only one uninfected partner who only has sex with you. If you have sex, use male or female latex condoms with a water based lubricant every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. If you are allergic to latex, use plastic (polyurethane) condoms.
Education for sexually transmitted infections is done during medical appointments and by our Outreach and Prevention program to the community. Please contact us if you are interested in having an educational presentation for your class or group.
Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is done by appointment at both our Aurora and Elgin Health Centers every Monday thru Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Please call to schedule an appointment. There is a fee; click here to see the list of insurances that Open Door takes. Routine testing includes tests for gonorrhea , syphilis , chlamydia and HIV. Other STIs that can be tested for are bacterial vaginosis and yeast (candida albicans) infections. Human papilloma virus (HPV) also called Genital Warts can also be evaluated.
Treatment for STI is provided by our medical providers.
Free Testing Days:
Aurora – Thursday, February 16, 2017
Elgin – Friday, February 17, 2017
Based on certain criteria, you may quality for free HIV and STI testing. Call Marcos Bostho at 814.695.1093 ext. 224 for additional information.
Call and make your appointment today!
Additional Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/std/