Pregnancy is not the only risk associated with sexual activity.
If you have been sexually active it is important to be tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), which are sometimes called Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Many STDs do not have any symptoms until damage has already been done to your body. Any type of sexual activity can put you at risk. Protect your health and educate yourself. Knowing the facts is an important step in making informed decisions and respecting yourself. We are here to support you. All of our services are free and your information is kept confidential.
• FAQ’s about sexual health
• What do I need to know about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)*?
Any sexually active person can contract an STD. Many STDs do NOT exhibit symptoms until the infection becomes advanced. Therefore, if you or your partner are infected with an STD, you may not realize it and will unknowingly spread the infection. If you choose to be sexually active, you should be checked at least yearly for STDs as well as after being with a new partner and if you become pregnant. You should also seek testing if you exhibit any symptoms such as: unusual discharge or odor, pain, itching or burning. If an STD goes undetected it can cause serious health problems. Some of these problems include: cervical cancer as well as other less common cancers, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to the inability to become pregnant or an ectopic pregnancy as well as health issues for an unborn baby.