Sexual wellness takes all of us

How to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

There’s a hush-hush taboo around sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but let’s be honest—stuff happens. We’re here with all you need to know about STD testing and prevention.

STDs are transmitted through sexual contact. Pretty self-explanatory, right? But our culture doesn’t like to talk about it. With more information and more conversation, each of us can live our lives and stay protected from these infections.

Let’s talk about it!

The CDC recommends getting tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea at least once a year.¹

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If you’re worried that you’ve potentially been exposed to an STD, take a deep breath. We’re here for you. It’s important to understand your symptoms and care options before taking the first step. Here’s what you need to know.

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Trichomoniasis

Syphilis

HIV

Symptoms

  • Often no symptoms

  • Burning sensation when urinating

  • Abnormal discharge

  • For men, pain or swelling of testicles

  • For women, bleeding between periods

  • Often no symptoms

  • Painful, burning when urinating

  • White, yellow, or green discharge

  • For men, pain or swelling of testicles

  • For women, bleeding between periods

  • Often no symptoms

  • Discomfort urinating

  • Discharge with fishy odor

  • Itching or irritation in genitals

  • May spread to hands or other body parts

  • Most people don’t know they have it

  • Genital skin rashes and/or sores

  • Fever

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Sore throat

  • Patchy hair loss

  • Headaches

  • Weight loss

  • Muscle aches

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Rash

  • Night sweats

  • Muscle aches

  • Sore throat

  • Fatigue

  • Swollen lymph nodes

Curable?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No, but treatable and manageable with appropriate treatment

Risks if untreated

  • For women, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, infertility, scar tissue

  • For women, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, infertility, scar tissue

  • For men and women, can cause genital inflammation making it easier to contract other STDs

  • For women, can lead to premature births

  • Progression to tertiary syphilis, affecting: brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints

  • In some cases, can cause birth defects

  • Progression to AIDS with severe and life-threatening immune system damage

Chlamydia

Symptoms

  • Often no symptoms

  • Burning sensation when urinating

  • Abnormal discharge

  • For men, pain or swelling of testicles

  • For women, bleeding between periods

Treatable?

Yes

Risks if untreated

  • For women, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, infertility, scar tissue

Gonorrhea

Symptoms

  • Often no symptoms

  • Painful, burning when urinating

  • White, yellow, or green discharge

  • For men, pain or swelling of testicles

  • For women, bleeding between periods

Treatable?

Yes

Risks if untreated

  • For women, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Higher risk of ectopic pregnancy, infertility, scar tissue

Trichomoniasis

Symptoms

  • Often no symptoms

  • Discomfort urinating

  • Discharge with fishy odor

  • Itching or irritation in genitals

  • May spread to hands or other body parts

  • Most people don’t know they have it

Treatable?

Yes

Risks if untreated

  • For men and women, can cause genital inflammation making it easier to contract other STDs

  • For women, can lead to premature births

Approximately 1 in 5 people in the United States have an STD on any given day.²

Did you know?

STI or STD? An STI is the passing of bacteria or a virus between partners. Once it enters the body, the infection can become a disease, or an STD.

Key takeaways

If you’re sexually active, it’s highly recommended you get tested for STDs frequently. Especially if you’re having unprotected sex, have multiple partners, or have a new partner. These diseases have become increasingly more difficult to test and treat with asymptomatic transmission and if gone untreated, the impact can be heartbreaking especially because it’s preventable. Well, the only way to truly prevent the spread of STDs is through abstinence. But let’s be real—be smart, be safe, and stay tested.

Have the conversation

STDs don’t have to be embarrassing. Just like catching a cold, the treatment is simple and most STDs are curable. The CDC breaks down the right way to talk about it. The more we discuss, the better we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities from the unnecessary spread of STDs. Read more here.

 

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