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.
FAQs About Sexual Health
What is sexual abstinence before marriage all about? . . .
You are the only one who can take responsibility for your sexual health. Although extremely important to consider, sexual health is not just about avoiding sexually transmitted disease (STD) or about whether you get pregnant or not. A sexual relationship is a beautiful, wonderful part of marriage. When sex happens outside of that marriage relationship, the result is often disappointment and disaster. Every time you have sex with another person, that person gets a part of you. Not just the physical you – the emotional and spiritual you. We were created with a deep longing to be known by another person. Sex is the most intimate and intense kind of knowing that you can ever have with another human being. Sex done without the emotional commitment of marriage vows can be empty and without the meaning for which it was created.
Why is sexual integrity important? . . .
You can be empowered to make healthy and wise sexual choices that will keep you emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. The Sexual Integrity Program will also provide you with the opportunity to find healing from abuse, poor choices, unhealthy relationships, or difficult circumstances that have caused you pain or regret. It is possible for you to find peace and wholeness! Our program is offered in a confidential, safe, and understanding environment. If you are interested in joining in our free Sexual Integrity Program, please contact us.
What do I need to know about sexually Transmitted Diseases?
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.
Bacterial Vaginosis . . .
This is the most common bacterial infection that women are diagnosed with; it is found in women who are not sexually active but more commonly in sexually active women. Treated with an antibiotic.
Chlamydia . . .
This is the most common STD that is caused by a bacteria and is passed by vaginal, anal and oral sex. It is commonly called the “silent” infection due to the lack of symptoms. Can cause PID. Treated with an antibiotic.
Gonorrhea . . .
This is an STD caused by a bacteria that can affect the woman’s reproductive organs leading to PID as well as the male and female urethra, mouth, throat, eyes and anus. It is often without symptoms initially, yet can lead to PID. Treated with an antibiotic.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) . . .
There over 40 different types of this virus that have been identified. Most people do not have any symptoms with the initial infection. Some people can clear the infection without health issues but HPV can cause genital, throat and cervical warts as well as cervical cancer and some less common cancers. The warts can be removed and the cancers treated if they arise. However, the virus can potentially remain in the body for many years.
Herpes . . .
There are 2 types of herpes simples virus (HSV) type I and type II. Both can affect the skin around the mouth, genitals or rectum with painful blisters. The virus can be pass to another person by contact with skin even if the skin does not appear to be blistered. There is treatment to minimize break outs of the blisters but there is no permanent cure for this virus.
Trichomoniasis . . .
This is a common STD that is caused by a parasite and is often without symptoms. It is treated with an antibiotic.
Syphilis . . .
STD caused by a bacteria that is very dangerous; if it goes undetected it can affect all organs of the body. It is also dangerous to the health of an unborn baby. It is treated with an antibiotic.
Hepatitis B . . .
A virus that is spread through blood and semen and other body fluids; this can occur through sex as well as passed from a mother to her baby at birth. This can lead to chronic hepatitis, which is a long-term health condition, as well as death. There is a vaccine that prevents hepatitis B.
HIV . . .
This is the virus that causes AIDS. It is passed through blood and semen as well as other body fluids. If you have an STD you are 2-5 times more likely to acquire HIV. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself from STDs and be treated if you acquire one.