Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are fairly common in adolescents, but can occur in women and men of all age groups. Many STIs have serious consequences to reproductive and long term health.
What should I do?
- You shouldn’t waste any time wondering what to do. Go to a Hospital, health specialist, or a gynecologist get a thorough assessment.
- Sexual infections are caused by both bacterial and viral organisms, and include gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, syphilis and many other types of infections. The symptoms you report will guide how you get examined and what will be tested.
- Some STIs will present with an abnormal vaginal discharge, blisters or sores on the genital area. Unfortunately, some infections like chlamydia will not exhibit any symptoms, and may be diagnosed later than would be ideal.
- After testing and waiting, your results may come back positive. It can be daunting and intimidating. You might feel angry, afraid, or ashamed, but remember that you did the right thing by getting tested. If you do test positive, you may require further tests and evaluations to determine the exact disease and how far it has progressed.