Are you POSITIVE you are NEGATIVE? You don’t have any symptoms, so you must be okay, right? Maybe not…
Did you know that rates of some STDs are up as much as 76% in the last five years? You could be infected and not even know it! Many infections don’t have any symptoms at all. Young women are particularly at risk because undiagnosed infections can lead to infertility, pregnancy complications and even chronic pelvic pain. There is also increasing evidence that some STDs can cause infertility in men.
Not so common STDs like Syphilis and Gonorrhea have had especially dramatic increases. These infections have been traditionally associated with men who have sex with other men; however, in more recent years, we are now seeing increases in women and heterosexual men.
The type of sexual activity you are participating in may also determine your risk and the type of testing you need. Having anal intercourse with anyone, whether you are a man or woman, can increase your risk. There are numerous STDs that are easily spread by anal sex and may not be detected by regular STD testing. It is important to share this with your health provider so the appropriate testing can be done.
Are YOU aware of the potential risks in your community? Are you practicing safer sex by using condoms?
If you are sexually active you should be tested annually or anytime you have a new partner. Think of it as a routine thing you do to keep yourself healthy!
Walk in testing and a confidential written risk assessment at Student Health is available for a small fee!
October 1-5 is FREE GC and Chlamydia Testing Week in UNK Student Health!
Please do not urinate for at least an hour before testing, and self-collection of anal swabs available.