Wondering about symptoms related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can bring about a great deal of uncertainty. You might be concerned about the precision of the tests available and the chances of receiving effective treatment. 

STI testing, when conducted properly, is reliable and can be done in a variety of settings, such as medical clinics, doctor’s offices, and local pregnancy centers. There’s also the option for at-home testing, though it’s important to note that the accuracy of these tests can vary

The Importance of Testing

Since many STIs can be asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show signs or symptoms, regular testing is more important than ever for your health and wellness.

Those that do have symptoms may notice:

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes
  • Unusual discharge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 20% of individuals in the United States are impacted by an STI. The most commonly reported STIs include chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and human papillomavirus (HPV), among others.

Many STIs are treatable or manageable with proper care, and testing is advised for those who are sexually active. It’s critical to get it done early, as having an untreated STI long-term can cause health complications later in life. 

STI Testing Accuracy

The accuracy of STI tests can vary depending on several factors, including the type of STI tested for, the time since exposure, the type of test used, and whether the test is conducted correctly. 

Generally, STI tests are highly accurate for most STIs. The only STI that can be tricky to detect is genital herpes, as blood tests can give false results. You will likely develop symptoms before you can determine if you need treatment. However, you should still get checked, no matter what. 

Protect Your Health

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be daunting, particularly if concerns about STDs arise.  However, you don’t have to navigate this situation by yourself. At Pregnancy Help Center of South County, we stand ready to support you.

We provide no-cost access to pregnancy-related resources, along with referrals for STD testing and treatment. Our compassionate team is dedicated to providing emotional support.

Reach out to us now to arrange a confidential appointment.