What you don’t know and don’t treat can change your quality of life forever.
At Alternatives we offer free and confidential STD testing for women. Once you know the facts, we can present treatment and counseling options based on your results.
STD stands for sexually transmitted disease. Another common term is STI, for sexually transmitted infection. They mean the same thing.
The simple truth is STDs can be transmitted by oral, vaginal or anal sex. Some can create serious risks to your future health and fertility.
STDs may have symptoms such as itching, burning, sores or a rash. But often they don’t have symptoms at all, so you might be infected and not know it.
Getting tested is the only way to be sure and get the treatment you need. Then you can defend yourself with good information.
You have Alternatives.
Common questions about STDs
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common. At Alternatives, you can talk confidentially with us and learn how to best care for your health and your relationships.
What is an STD?
- An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, also known as an STI, for sexually transmitted infection.
- In medical terms, it is a virus, insect, bacteria or parasite that can be shared through sexual contact.
- Some STDs have treatments and cures. Some do not.
- Getting tested for STDs is important for your health.
Why should I get tested?
- Every 11 seconds, a teenager in the U.S. gets an STD.
- Half of the 20 million new cases of STDs each year occur among people ages 15–24.
- In 2010, 57% of new HIV infections happened among people ages 13–34.
Some people get STDs they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. You can get the facts, get tested and take control of your health decisions.
How do STDs spread?
- STDs spread by skin-to-skin contact with infected body regions and by body fluids.
- STDs spread the same way to men and women.
- You can get an STD from oral, vaginal or anal sex, or blood exchange.
- You are not safe from STDs simply because you don’t “go all the way.”
At Alternatives, we provide education and confidential counseling to help you avoid STDs and make healthy decisions about sex.
How many kinds of STDs are there?
- There are more than 25 known STDs, some with multiple strains of each.
- There are two main types of STDs: viral and non-viral.
- The most common viral STDs are: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, human papilloma virus (HPV) and herpes simplex II.
- The most common non-viral STDs are: chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
Getting tested is the only way to know what kind of STDs you may have. You may experience symptoms such as itching, burning, sores or a rash. But STDs often don’t have symptoms at all, so you might be infected and not know it.
What will I be tested for?
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Cervical cancer
- Urinary tract infection
- Yeast infection
At Alternatives, we will help you decide what type of STD testing you may need. Our medical staff will provide a full scope of care. It may involve a physical exam, or a sample of blood, urine, cells or discharge.
Can STDs be treated and cured?
- Viral STDs cannot be cured. They can only be treated to relieve symptoms.
- Non-viral STDs can be cured, but may still come with serious risks to your future health.
- The greatest risk comes from STDs that are undetected and untreated. They can damage your reproductive organs, your eyes, your heart and other organs.
What you don’t know and don’t treat can really hurt you. At Alternatives, we can help present STD treatment and counseling options based on your test results.
How can I avoid getting STDs?
Medical experts say the most reliable way to prevent STDs is to abstain from sex or have sex only in a monogamous relationship.
At Alternatives, we believe you can protect your health by saving all sexual activity for marriage. Making this choice can also be one of the most powerful things you do for your self-respect and your relationships.
If you have more questions about STD testing and treatment, call our 24-Hour Hotline: 303.295.2288. It’s free and confidential. We’re here to talk with you.
Just remember, you have Alternatives.
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FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL STD TESTING AND COUNSELING FOR WOMEN
- Free STD testing and treatment for women
- Free pregnancy testing and support
- Free limited ultrasound services
Make healthy decisions about sex.
- Free risk assessment evaluation and consultation
- Health care and treatment plans based on your test results
- Medical referrals to local clinics, Medicaid providers and obstetrician-gynecologists