Two types of infections affect the reproductive organs:
- Ones that are not passed on through sex
- Ones that are passed on through sex (STIs)
If you suspect an infection, come to Tapestry Health for an exam. Left untreated, it could develop into a serious complication, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, urethritis, or cervicitis. We will talk with you about treatment options and address any questions or concerns.
NON-SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Some infections are not contracted sexually. Since they can carry symptoms similar to those of STIs, please seek professional help rather than try to diagnose yourself.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
STIs can spread through several different ways:
- Sexual intercourse, or any other intimate contact involving the penis, vagina, anus, or mouth
- Skin-to-skin contact during sex
- Sharing of hypodermic needles for injection drug use, tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, shaving, etc.
- From an infected woman to her baby before, during, or immediately after childbirth
The key to treating any STI is to catch it early and get treatment immediately. Without treatment, you could get sick or spread it to others, as well as increase your risk for HIV.
Click on a link below to learn about a specific virus or bacteria that can spread through sexual contact:
|Chancroid||Genital Herpes||Hepatitis B||Human Papillomavirus||Scabies|
||Hepatitis C||Molluscum Contagiosum
Since some STIs often do not exhibit symptoms, particularly gonorrhea and chlamydia, please get screened every time after you have had a new sexual partner to ensure that you are healthy. Tell your partner(s) if you have a STI in case they also have it. A partner could give it to you again if you are treated but he or she is not.
Abstinence from sex is the only way to ensure protection against HIV/AIDS and other STIs, or you can have sex with a single partner who you know is free of infection. If you do have sex, use a barrier method, such as a male condom or female condom, every time for protection. Our clinicians recommend using barriers in combination with other methods of birth control to strengthen your protection.