Are STIs Contagious?

Are STIs Contagious?

Sexually transmitted infections are contagious and typically passed from person to person through sexual or bodily contact. Getting tested regularly is part of early detection, treatment, and learning about prevention. 

STI testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea are available services at Liberty Women’s Clinic. We offer this as part of our free pregnancy testing services, or we can provide this as a single service. If your test is positive, we also offer treatment free of charge for you and your partner. 

Who Is at Risk of Developing an STI?

As STIs don’t always have symptoms, getting tested regularly is important if you’re sexually active. If you do exhibit symptoms, they may include:

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during sex
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet

Some groups are at greater risk for contracting an STI , such as those who:

  • Inject drugs
  • Are young
  • Misuse alcohol or use recreational drugs
  • Have a history of STIs
  • Are forced to engage in sexual activity
  • Have sexual contact with multiple partners
  • Have unprotected sex

If you’re pregnant, this gives you an even greater reason to undergo  STI testing, as STIs can be passed onto your unborn child during pregnancy or childbirth which may cause serious or life threatening concerns for the infant.

What Happens If an STI Goes Untreated?

You may be at risk for further complications if you don’t treat an STI promptly and appropriately. Untreated STIs can lead to long-term consequences, including:

For Men:

  • Infertility
  • Lifelong infections
  • Cancer

For Women:

  • Fertility issues
  • Pelvic pain
  • Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy

Low-cost and free STI testing and treatment are available at various locations in your community.. Contact Liberty Women’s Clinic today to learn more about these services.

Free, Confidential Help

Whether you’re facing an unintended pregnancy or are concerned you might have an STI, you can receive a free confidential nurse consultation to learn more about the services we offer such as free pregnancy tests, free STI testing, and much more. 

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This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

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