Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), commonly known as STDs, are passed from an infected person to another through sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral, or anal) or skin-to-skin contact.
Condoms and other types of contraceptives do not provide 100% protection from getting or spreading STIs. The surest way to prevent STIs is abstinence from sexual intercourse. The more sexual partners you have, the greater your exposure and the higher your risk for getting an STI.
Some people do not have any symptoms and are unaware they have an STI. They can still pass on the STI through sexual contact, and some STIs can cause sterility if gone undetected and untreated.
If you are pregnant, STIs can cause complications in pregnancy or health risks to your baby. STIs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia are curable as they are caused by bacteria. Other STIs, such as herpes and HIV, are caused by viruses. Their symptoms can be treated but not cured.
If you think you or your partner may have an STI, it is best to stop having intercourse and get tested right away. Early detection of an STI is important for your health. We offer a low-cost comprehensive STI screen or we can provide individual test screenings.
Which STI test do I need?
Unfortunately, there is no single test for every sexually transmitted disease — tests are specific to each infection. Some infections can be found using different kinds of tests. Most common testing is done through a urine sample or blood draw.
Our medical providers at Aid to Women Center can help you decide what testing is best for you.
How are STI tests done?
Testing depends on which infection you may have. Most tests require either a blood or urine sample. In certain cases our medical provider may need to do a physical exam to look for any signs of infections such as a rash, discharge, sores, or warts.
I’m under 18. Do I need my parent’s permission to get tested?
Arizona state law states that a minor does not need parental permission to be tested. All information and results are confidential.