Certain types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) may go away on their own, but don’t leave it to chance. If you have sex of any kind, medical experts recommend you and your partner get regularly tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What Are the Types of STIs?
There are many types of STIs. They fall into three main categories:
- Bacterial STIs, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.
- Parasitic STIs, such as trichomoniasis or scabies.
- Viral STIs, such as genital herpes or HPV.
Do I Have an STI?
If you have unprotected sex, you are at risk of contracting an STI. Unfortunately, you won’t know right away if you have an infection. The only way to be sure is to get tested. That way, you can get treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of STIs?
Some STIs don’t cause noticeable symptoms at first, or the symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for other things. For example, chlamydia is known as a silent infection because some people don’t experience signs of it until much later when they experience more severe complications.
Can STIs Go Away Without Treatment?
It’s not entirely unheard of for certain STIs to “spontaneously resolve,” as documented in a small percentage of people in some studies of chlamydia.
However, this means that for most people, most of the time, chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections do not go away on their own.
Since some STIs have symptoms that can ebb and flow, it can be easy to think that a problem has gone away on its own when it hasn’t. Chlamydia can damage a woman’s reproductive organs, even causing her to be unable to have a child.
Get STI Tested
Nothing is embarrassing about getting tested- it’s the smart thing to do. Getting STI testing and treatment is safe, affordable, and essential for your long-term health.
What if I Might Be Pregnant?
Free Pregnancy and STI Testing in Mendocino County
If you are concerned you could be pregnant and at risk for STIs, don’t leave things to chance. At Mendo Lake Women’s Clinic, we are here for you.
During your initial pregnancy testing appointment, our caring staff can provide medical testing, diagnosis, and treatment of gonorrhea and chlamydia at no cost.
Schedule your confidential appointment today.