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Sexually Transmitted Infections:
Getting Tested

STI Getting Tested Your Family PACT provider can test for and treat many STIs.


What are STIs?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are
infections that you may get from having sex
with someone who already has one. There are
many kinds of STIs. Some common STIs
include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital
herpes,HPV (the virus that causes AIDS).

Some STIs are curable and will go away if you
get treated. Others may not go away, but you
may feel better with treatment. It is important
to get tested and treated as soon as you can.

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Should I get tested?

Anyone who is having sex can get an STI. Most
people who have an STI don't know they have it
because there are no signs or symptoms. The
only way to know for sure is to get tested. It's a good
idea to get tested if you have:

  • Pain or buring when you pee.
  • Pain when you have sex.
  • An unusual discharge from the penis or
  • Pain or burning around the penis.
    vagina or anus.

You should also get tested if:

  • Someone you have sex with has signs or
    symptoms of an STI.
  • You had sex with someone new and did not
    use a condom.
  • You are having sex with more than one
    person without using a condom.
  • You suspect that someone you are having
    sex with is having sex with someone else.

What can I expect?

Your Family PACT provider might suggest tests
that include:

  • A urine test.
  • A blood test.
  • Swabs of the penis, vagina or cervix.

These tests will be either done at your provider's
office or sent away to a lab.

If you have an STI, your Family PACT provider

  • Give you a shot or pill to take right away
  • Give you a prescription to fill.
  • Ask you to come back for treatment when
    the lab tests come back.
  • Ask you to come back for follow-up tests.
  • Refer you to another health care provider
    for additional tests or treatment.

Your provider may tell you that your sexual
partner(s) should be tested and treated.

A man got tested I'm glad I got tested and treated.

What happens if I don't get
tested and treated?

If you have an STI and leave it untreated:

  • You could spread it to other people, even your
    unborn baby.
  • You could end up not being able to have
    children later on.
  • You may have a higher chance of getting HIV.
  • You could have long term health problems,
    including liver problems and cancer.

Some STIs, like HIV, can even cause death if left

Getting tested and treated can help prevent all

Protect yourself from STIs.

Here are the basics when it comes to preventing

  • You can choose not to have any kind of sex
    involving the penis, bagina, mouth, or anus.
    That is the only sure way to prevent STIs.
  • If you choose to have sex, use a condom every
    time. You can use either a male or female
    condom. Make sure they are made of latex or
  • Have sex only with one person who only has
    sex with you.
  • If you have an STI, get treated right away.
    Follow the advice of your Family PACT

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