MyLife Medical & Resource Centers are here to help. We do STI/STD testing. Call us at 636.285.4116 or e-mail us at email@example.com for more information.
If you have been sexually active AT ALL, we advise you to get tested. Most STIs have no initial symptoms so don't wait for them! Some STDs are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. A person can "technically" be a virgin and still get an STD. Get tested. Contact us today to begin that road to health. Be sure. Be informed. Get tested.
All pregnant women should be tested for STIs before an abortion or before delivering (if she chooses to carry the baby to term). Not all abortion providers check for STIs before an abortion procedure and serious complications could occur if left untreated. We advise all abortion bound women to be tested for STIs before the abortion. Contact us for more information.
The medical community has decided they need to distinguish between sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections. An infection is the beginning stages of a disease. Not all infections turn into a disease. For example, there are some strains of HPV (human papilloma virus) that our bodies get rid of on their own. But, there are also several strains of HPV that do turn into diseases and cause serious damage (such as cervical cancer). On this website we will be using STI/STD interchangeably.
The U.S has the highest STD rates of any country in the industrialized world.
Of the more than 19 million new sexually transmitted infections each year:
Today there are more than 30 STDs and over 200 strains of human papilloma virus (HPV)
A British study found that HPV infects 46% of teenage girls after their first sexual intercourse. HPV is directly liked to 99.7% of all cervical cancers. Nearly as many women die of cervical cancer each year as die of AIDS.
Herpes increased 500% in the past 20 years among Caucasian American teens.
Nearly 50% of African-American teens have genital herpes.
It is estimated that 20% of all Americans age 12 and older are infected with genital herpes.
Nearly 1 in 10 teen girls has Chlamydia; nearly half of all cases are girls 15 to 19 years old.
An estimated 25% of new HIV infections are found in people under age 22.
An estimated 50% of all new HIV infections occur among people under 25.
Over 80% of teens with STIs show no symptoms and therefore never get medical attention, leaving them exposed to the risk of serious complications years later.
In a national Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one out of every five sexually active teens reported that oral sex is safe sex. However, HIV, herpes, HPV, chancroid, intestinal parasites, gonorrhea, syphilis, and hepatitis A & B can all be contracted through oral sex.
The risks of STIs vary with each disease, but risks include: infertility (you are unable to get pregnant and have children), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), risks to unborn children; cervical cancer, and in the case of HIV, death.
For more detailed information about STIs, visit www.medinstitute.org and click on STD Overview.
If you have been sexually active AT ALL, get tested! Take control of your health. Knowledge is power. Get tested. Get treated. Get healthy. Make better choices in the future.
Condoms do not eliminate the risk of contracting an STI and they do little to prevent many viral infections spread by skin-to-skin contact, especially HPV and herpes. In fact, the AIDS virus is so small (0.1mm) it can potentially penetrate any standard condom.
Slippage and breakage of condoms happen quite often. Don't rely on them completely. Get tested.
Condoms must be worn EVERY time and used correctly every time to provide any protection at all. Have you ever had unprotected sex? Get tested.
New studies show that clinical depression in adolescent boys and girls is related to sexual activity and drinking.
Teens who abstain tend to have higher self-esteem, better grades, low rates of depression and lower risk of suicide.
We can help without judging. Contact us.