It is pretty much general knowledge that STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease, but what of this new term STI that we are seeing so frequently? There’s a lot of confusion between these two terms, so Urgent Care Danbury is here to set the record straight once and for all. In honor of National STD and STI Awareness month continue reading our newest blog to understand the difference between an STD and an STI. So….do I have an STI or an STD? Let’s look at both:
What’s the difference between an STD and an STI?
Diseases that are spread through sexual contact are usually referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs for short. In recent years, however, many experts in this area of public health have suggested replacing STD with a new term—sexually transmitted infection, or STI.
Why the change? The concept of “disease,” as in STD, suggests a clear medical problem, usually some obvious signs or symptoms. But several of the most common STDs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of persons infected. Or they have mild signs and symptoms that can be easily overlooked. So the sexually transmitted virus or bacteria can be described as creating an “infection,” which may or may not result in “disease.” This is true of chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), to name a few. For this reason, for some professionals and organizations the term “disease” is being replaced by “infection.”
Do I Have an STI or an STD? No matter which, you want to have confidential STI testing done ASAP
What there is clear consensus around is that anyone who has had unprotected sex or who suspects that he or she may have contracted an STI/STD should be tested. Not only are they at risk, but as we know, most sexually transmitted diseases and infections are highly contagious. Even if symptoms are not prominent, it is still highly recommended to be tested, as some sexually transmitted diseases may not show symptoms right away or at all.
Here at AFC Urgent Care Danbury we perform confidential STD testing, with no appointment necessary. Don’t wait to be tested. If you have had unprotected sexual relations, have started a new relationship, learn that your partner has had sexual relations with another partner, you may be at risk for an STD/STI. Visit us to have a private consultation with one of our medical professionals, and get tested today. You can also ask questions of our amazing staff ahead of time.
Remember, STI’s/STD’s are contagious. Take charge of your sexual health for your own peace of mind, but also so that you can feel confident in knowing that you have not passed any unwanted infection or disease to a loved one. Confidential STD testing at any of our 3 AFC Urgent Care Centers in Danbury, CT. We offer same day testing, no appointment needed.