Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

STIs, or sexually transmitted infections, are diseases that can be passed between sexual partners. The LaSante Health Center specialists at their office in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn, New York, offer STI testing and treatment options for all of her patients. STIs are preventable, so it’s important to practice safe sex, such as using a condom when having oral, anal, or vaginal sex. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to be tested frequently. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about STIs.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Q & A

What is a sexually transmitted disease?

Sexually transmitted infections, known as STIs, are diseases or infections that are passed to others through sexual contact. Common STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and herpes. 

 

Many people live with STIs. Some people don’t show symptoms but can still pass the infection or disease to others. Getting tested at LaSante Health Center is the best way to know if you’re infected with an STI. 

Are STIs curable?

Certain STIs are curable, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can be treated with medication. However, diseases like herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV aren’t curable. There are, however, medications available that reduce symptoms or make them less severe. 

 

If you’re diagnosed with an STI, it’s important to tell your sexual partners before having sexual intercourse that they may be at risk. 

What are the typical symptoms of STDs?

Since it’s possible to have an STI and not show symptoms, testing is important. When present, symptoms may include:

 

  • Sores on your genital area
  • Burning while peeing
  • Fever
  • Weird smell or discharge
  • Pain

 

In general, if there’s anything out of the ordinary in your genital area, it’s important to make an appointment right away to be tested. 

Are STIs dangerous?

Curable STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, if left untreated, can cause infertility and other health problems. 

 

HIV/AIDS is an infection that causes your immune system to fight important cells in the body that help with diseases and infections. This can affect your quality of life and be life-threatening. Herpes is a virus that causes an outbreak of sores in your genital area. There’s also a type of herpes virus that affects your mouth region. 

 

It’s possible to spread STIs during oral sex. It’s important to be tested frequently if you’re sexually active, especially if you have multiple partners. 

How do I reduce my risk of getting an STD?

The only way to guarantee there’s no risk is by abstaining from sex. Condoms are a great way to reduce the likelihood of getting an STI or becoming pregnant. Getting tested is the best way to stay on top of your sexual health. Being educated on the risks and communicating with your partner are great ways to reduce the chances of getting an STI. 

 

Call LaSante Health Center today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about STD testing and treatment options for you.