Wondering if you have an STI (sexually transmitted infection)? We know this can be a scary process, but you are not alone. We at Hands of Hope PRC are here to support you and get you connected to the resources you need.

What’s an STI?

STIs are infections that are spread primarily through the bodily fluids that happen during sexual contact. These infections can be bacterial, viral, or parasitic. 

STIs can often be asymptomatic, which means that you could have an STI but not show any symptoms. It also means that your sexual partner could unknowingly have an STI and spread it to you. 

What Are the Symptoms of an STI? 

While many STIs don’t exhibit symptoms, if you’re experiencing any of the following, it could indicate one of these common STIs:

Chlamydia (a bacterial infection):

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Pain during sexual intercourse in women
  • Bleeding between periods in women

Gonorrhea (a bacterial infection):

  • Thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the vagina
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Anal itching

Trichomoniasis (a parasitic infection):

  • Clear, white, greenish, or yellowish vaginal discharge
  • Strong vaginal odor
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Painful urination

STIs & Pregnancy

Think you might be pregnant? If so, getting tested and receiving treatment, if needed, is an essential step to safeguard your health.

Untreated STIs during pregnancy can be passed from the mother to baby during birth and cause severe complications—and even death—in the newborn. 

Free & Confidential STI Testing

If you’re sexually active, it’s essential to get tested for STIs regularly since many STIs have no symptoms. Getting tested for STIs is the number one way to protect your reproductive health.

Contact us to learn more about STI Testing & how to get started.