Protect Your Future Reproductive Health

STD/STI testing is one of the best ways to identify reproductive health issues and ensure you are safe for years. Various treatment options are available to those with STD/STIs, and staying on top of testing will help you stay informed.

What is an STD/STI?

STD/STIs (sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections) are pathogenic infections primarily passed via bodily fluids or skin-to-skin contact. Some STD/STIs have mild effects, while others can post serious health complications. Parasites, viruses, or bacteria can cause them.

What are common sTD/STI symptoms?

Occasionally, STD/STIs do not have any symptoms, but some can be quite uncomfortable or even painful. Common STD/STI symptoms include:

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Sores/bumps on the genitals, oral or rectal area
  • Painful sex
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Odorous vaginal discharge
  • Abdominal bleeding
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Rash on the hands or feet

If you have any of these symptoms, get tested and seek appropriate medical treatment immediately. Your health is important and deserves to be protected!

What happens if I don’t treat an STD/STI?

If you have symptoms of an STD/STI but don’t get medical help, serious complications can arise that can create lasting health impacts. The Mayo Clinic lists the following as potential complications:

  • Pregnancy complications
  • Pelvic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Eye inflammation
  • Heart disease
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Certain cancers, such as cervical and rectal cancers

Don’t wait. Seek the treatment you deserve before these conditions worsen.

Where can I go for STD/STI testing and treatment?

Luckily, many options exist for those looking to be tested for STD/STIs. If you have any of these risk factors, you should take advantage of the services in your area:

  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having sexual contact with multiple partners 
  • Having a history of STD/STIs 
  • Being forced to engage in sexual activity 
  • Misuse of alcohol or use of recreational drugs
  • Injecting drugs
  • Being young

Spero Medical offers STD/STI testing and treatment free of charge for women who are sexually active and desire testing.