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Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are common, but most can be cured, and all can be treated.

Since an STI may not have symptoms, getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have one. Getting treated early can prevent the chance of long-term health problems. 

Testing Options:

  • Onsite (doctor's office, clinic, etc.)
  • Mobile testing (testing is done through community-based venues and mobile units)
  • In-home testing (self/testing where patient collects specimen and send to lab)
  • 3-site testing: getting tested at each site where you have sex: mouth, genitals, anus
  • Rapid testing-some tests can give results in minutes rather than days
  • Specimen types: urine, blood, cheek, vaginal, or anal swabs

Noticing changes or concerns with your body will help when talking with your health care provider. If you have an STI, you may not know it. If you have an STI, you may have some of these signs and symptoms:


  • Mouth sores
  • Cold sores
  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore throat

Genital or rectal area

  • Open sores
  • Warts
  • Rash, bumps
  • Hurts to pee
  • Discharge (drip)
  • Itching
  • Painful bowel movement (pooping)
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Rectal bleeding


  • Weight loss
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
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