STI Testing Montgomery, Alabama
STDs and STIs – What’s the Difference?
The terms STD and STI are often used interchangeably, but contrary to popular belief, they do not mean the same thing. The term STI is used to describe the presence of an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. The term STD, on the other hand, describes an STI that has progressed from an infection to a disease that has caused damage in a person’s body (again, this can be with or without symptoms). To sum it all up, all STDs are STIs, though not all STIs become STDs.
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are diseases passed from person to person during sexual activity, typically through bodily fluids and, in some cases, skin-to-skin contact.
STDs and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) often go undetected and can lead to serious health concerns. Left untreated, some of these infections can cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system. In addition, both STIs and STDs can be passed on to newborns during childbirth if the mother is infected and remains untreated before giving birth.
It’s important to note that not everyone infected with an STD will experience signs or symptoms, meaning they can be passed along to your partner(s) without your knowledge. Get free STI Testing in Montgomery, AL.
Your health and well-being is the most important thing. We offer STD and STI testing in Montgomery, AL. Our STI testing for women is by appointment only. Call us at (334) 260-8010 to schedule a free and confidential appointment.
If not treated prior to an abortion, STDs can be carried from the vagina up into the uterus. When this occurs, a second condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) may develop. Immediate symptoms of PID can be mild and even non-existent, but the effects are long lasting. According to the CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulty getting pregnant in the future and can lead to an increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy, resulting in serious medical complications and, in some cases, death.