What Is An STI?

A sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a condition you can get from any sexual activity involving your mouth, anus, vagina, or penis. The terms sexually transmitted infection (STI) and sexually transmitted disease (STD) are used interchangeably.

Could I Have An STI?

When an average of one in five people (20%) in the U.S. has an STI, you could likely contract one. STIs are highly contagious, and many do not have immediate symptoms. If you are sexually active, it is possible to get and pass on an STI without knowing.

There are estimated to be approximately 26 million new STIs every year. Almost half of new STIs were among young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States.

How Will I Know If I Have An STI?

Because many STIs have no symptoms at first, getting tested is essential. The following are some symptoms you may experience if you have an STI:

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the penis in men
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Itching
  • Fever

No-Cost STI Testing

Often, healthcare providers do not automatically test for STIs on a regular visit. It is up to you to request testing. Assurance offers no-cost and confidential testing for the following STIs for both women and men:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis (B & C)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • HIV
  • HSV
  • And a few other common infections

If your test is positive for an infection, we provide free treatment or referrals to community resources for urgent or long-term assistance. We can also supply you with sexual health information.

Common STIs to Test For

There is a long list of potential STIs. The most common types of STIs include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Genital Warts
  • Genital Herpes
  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)
  • M. Genetalium
  • HSV

Out of these, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, and HPV accounted for 98% of all prevalent STIs and 93% of all new STIs in recent years.

Schedule an appointment with Assurance for any of our no-cost services. Our trained specialists are ready to discuss your concerns and your situation.

This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice. Assurance does not provide or refer for abortions but can help you answer the questions above before you decide.