If you are sexually active, even if you have only one partner, you are at risk for contracting a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). Just because a person looks completely healthy doesn’t mean they are disease free. Get tested as soon as possible.

What Are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are transmitted during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They are very common and many people who have them don’t show any symptoms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 20 million new infections occur each year, nearly half among young men and women ages 15 to 24. The causes of STDs are bacteria, parasites, and viruses. There are more than 20 types of STDs, including:

Bacterial STDs

  • Chlamydia
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea

Viral STDs

  • Genital Herpes
  • HPV
  • Hepatitis B and C

What Are The Symptoms?

STD symptoms vary from disease to disease. Many of these STDs do not show symptoms for a long time. Even without symptoms, they can still be harmful and passed on during sex. Generally, if you do experience symptoms, they will include unusual vaginal/penile discharge, a burning sensation that accompanies urination, sores or ulcers, and pain during intercourse.

Free and Confidential STD Testing

If you think you or your partner has an STD, you need to be tested as soon as possible. The sooner you discover the STD, treatment options can be explored and the spread of infection can be stopped. Choices Resource Center provides free and confidential testing and treatment for chlamydia. In addition, we offer free and confidential testing and referral for the treatment of gonorrhea. Medicine can cure some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Other STDs, like herpes, can’t be cured, but you can take medicine to help with the symptoms.

Please call (865) 483-0099 for more information about our free, confidential STD tests or request an appointment today.