As it turns out, roughly 20% of the U.S. population had an STI at some point in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, there can be serious consequences that come from untreated STIs. Thus it’s critical to seek medical attention right away.
STIs are sexually transmitted infections. As the name suggests, these infections transfer to people during anal, vaginal, or oral sex. Currently, 30 different bacteria, viruses, and parasites have been found to be transmittable, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, many times these infections are asymptomatic, meaning they present no alarming symptoms, and you may not be aware you have one.
Thankfully, many STIs can be either managed or cured, according to Healthline. In discussions with your doctor, you may review your sexual history, current sexual activity, and the frequency of practicing safe sex, including the use of condoms. Depending on your unique risk factors, your doctor may then recommend testing for certain STIs and discuss ways to best protect yourself in the future.