What’s the difference between STI and STD?
The term STI is used to describe an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. The term STD describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body. Many STD’s can cause damage to you and your partner. When you give birth or have an abortion your cervix can be exposed to any infection you may have contracted, causing you to be vulnerable to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID causes constant pelvic pain, infertility problems and can lead to death if untreated. In addition, you can spread the disease anytime you engage in sexual activity.
Sexual activity not only puts you at risk for pregnancy but also for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD). It’s important to ensure that you safeguard yourself regardless of what your intention may be for your pregnancy. If you are sexually active, you should be tested for STI/STDs on a regular basis.
Some STI/STDs can be treated and cured with medications, but early detection is key for effective treatment. Other STI/STDs cannot be cured but symptoms can be managed. If you think you have an STI/STD, make an appointment with us to discuss your concerns. According to the World Health Organization, chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common STIs and are both treatable.
Metroplex Women’s Clinic offers limited treatment for both chlamydia and gonorrhea by licensed medical staff to any woman who calls our clinic and makes an appointment, even if she is not pregnant. ALL of your information is entirely confidential. At MWC, all our STI/STD testing is FREE of charge. Call 817.299.9599, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to request an appointment.