493-800Sexual Health 

Your optimal sexual health matters! We want to give you all the information you need to make the healthiest choice for your best future and steps to success. 

STIs can cause long-term damage to your body, and you can spread it to your partner without you knowing. You do not have to have symptoms to be contagious. Some Sexually Transmitted Infections cannot be cured and may be fatal.

If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or want to become pregnant in the future, it is important that you are tested for any sexually transmitted disease or infection that could potentially harm you, your baby, or prevent a future pregnancy. STDs can impact pregnancy, so early detection and treatment are important.   

Could I have an STD? 

If you have had sex in any form and you do not know 100% that your partner has not been infected, then there is a risk of an STD or STI. Even using a condom or another barrier method cannot provide 100% protection against an STD or STI. Early detection and treatment can help prevent long-term effects or lasting damage from an undiagnosed STD.  

Not all people show signs and symptoms of an STI and they can be contracted through all forms of sexual activity. Signs of an STI are pain with urination or sex, discharge from the vagina, penis, anus, or throat, or unexplained rash or lesion in the genital area. 

My partner told me they have an STD. Should I be tested? 

Yes. Early detection and treatment is the best defense against lasting damage from an STD/STI. 

Could my partner have lied to me about an STD? 

If you are unsure of your partner’s full history and have not established a foundation of trust before engaging in sexual activity, this is a possibility. Any sexual activity outside of an established, committed relationship runs the risk of exposure to an STD. 

How do I prevent an STD? 

What if you have established a foundation of trust and committed to a long-term relationship and are fully aware of any previous sexual activity in a partner, then engaged in sexual activity only with that partner? Or what if you choose to only engage in sexual activity once that relationship has been established? This mindset leaves you in control of your life and future as the exposure or lack of exposure is fully in your hands. You have the ability to choose! 

t’s okay to say “no” if you don’t want to have sex. Even if you’ve already had sex, you can still choose to stop. A friend or partner who respects you will also respect your boundaries. It is illegal for anyone to force or coerce you to have sex or to engage in any activity that makes you feel uncomfortable. Only you can give permission to someone else touching your body. And you have the right to say no at any time, regardless of the relationship or if you have given permission before.

ndividuals who have not been sexually active, or choose to be sexually active in a mutually committed relationship with a lifetime partner who is also not infected, are not at risk for contracting an infection or disease sexually.

Where can I get tested and treated?

We offer a confidential and no-cost urine test for the most common sexually transmitted infections, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and we can help you with treatment if the test comes back positive. We can also run a pregnancy test simultaneously at no cost to you.