Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexually transmitted Infections can be spread through vaginal–penile, anal, or oral sex. Chicago Women’s Health Group offers screening and diagnosis and treatment for many STIs.

Sexually transmitted infections are spread through contact with the genitals, skin, mouth, rectum, or bodily fluids.

There are many different Sexually Transmitted Infections. These include:

Symptoms of Sexually transmitted Infections

  • Often people may not know that they have an STI. Many can be asymptomatic or have only mild or vague symptoms. This is why it is important for you and a new partner to get screened before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can include discharge from the vagina or penis, itching in the genital area, pain with urination or pain during sex, abdominal pain, growths on the penis or around the vagina, and sores or blisters on the genitals.

Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • The only sure way to prevent STIs is to abstain from sex or to practice lifetime mutual monogamy (in which both partners have only had sex with each other and no one else)
  • Condoms can help reduce the risk of transmission but cannot completely prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections

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