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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS. NO INFECTIONS.
ALL IS NOT LOST.
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Lots of people have STIs, and it’s OK. UTIs happen, and they are easily treatable. For clarity’s sake, STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and UTIs (urinary tract infections) are a natural part of life and are not one and the same. With precautions and planning, they can often be avoided, but even the most careful among us are susceptible. Beyond these two infection categories, there are yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and other conditions that affect our sexual wellness and activity. More than anything, we want you to know that treatment and management are readily available, and Planned Parenthood is a trusted partner in helping you know yourself, your partner, symptoms and how to get them all under control.
Some STIs, like chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea, once diagnosed, are easily treatable. They don’t always present symptoms, though. Therefore, the best line of defense against them is having an open dialogue and, for your own peace of mind, getting tested. Make an appointment and clear your conscience. Best case, you test negative and can continue practicing safer sex. If you happen to test positive, it’s OK. Like we said, most STIs are easily treatable. Others, like HSV, HPV and HIV are not curable but can be managed throughout one’s lifetime with the proper treatment.
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Understandably, a lot of people would rather not find out about their STI status because they’re afraid or ashamed. They don’t know what to say, don’t know what to do or may harbor guilt about their decisions. We’re here to encourage you to let all of that go. Sex is fun, and we all make choices in the heat of the moment that may or may not further impact our lives. The best thing you can do if you suspect you have an STI or even if you don’t — because they often don’t show symptoms — is to get tested. A positive result is not the end of the world. Far from it. Planned Parenthood is here to provide quick, easy testing and then, as needed, all forms of treatment.
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