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STI Information

Learn more about STIs and what to do next.

when should I get tested?

You need to get tested if:

  • Two weeks after having unprotected sex

  • You've had a change in partners

  • You are experiencing symptoms

  • Before an abortion

  • All sexually active women under age 25 should be tested annually

  • Women over age 25 who have a new partner, have sex with more than one partner, or a partner who has other partners

You may need to get tested even if you have no symptoms or consistently use a condom. Vaginal sex, oral sex and anal sex always carries the risks of STIs and STDs.

What are the most common STD/STI symptoms?

The most common sign of an STD is actually no symptoms at all. If you have had any form of unprotected sex, you need to get tested. Other signs and symptoms can include:

  • Often there are no symptoms

  • Vaginal discharge

  • Strong vaginal odor

  • Itching or irritation inside the penis or vagina

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Painful urination

  • Chancres (bumps) or sores

  • Rash

  • Sore throat

Make an appointment today for free testing and know for sure. 

What if I am positive?

  • Take the prescribed treatment

  • Seek further workup for complete std/sti testing, including HIV

  • Avoid sexual activity for 2 weeks after treatment

  • Notify any partners from the last 6-12 months that they should be tested and treated

  • Minimize your risk for future sexually transmitted infections

how do I avoid the risk of further sexually transmitted infections?

  • Abstinence is the only way to completely avoid the risk of std/sti

  • Monogamy - having sex with one faithful partner only

  • Proper condom use reduces the risk of transmission

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring your photo ID with you. You are also welcome to bring a partner, friend or parent with you to your appointment. (Minors are not required to have a parent or guardian present.) No insurance is required. 

If you wish to be tested, but are not concerned about pregnancy, make an appointment at your medical provider or at Siouxland District Health Department.

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