Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
Along with sexual activity comes the possibility of spreading and contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STI). STIs are more common than you think. In fact, one in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25. 80
Young people ages 15-24 account for nearly half of all new infections each year. 81 Some STIs are chronic, lifelong infections. Often STIs exhibit no signs or symptoms, yet they can cause serious health complications and be a passed to your partner at any time without your knowledge.
You could be at risk for contracting an STI every time you have sex. The surest way to avoid the transmission of STIs is to abstain from sexual activity or be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
Click on the following links to learn about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of each STI.
Gateway provides free STI testing through Wake County Human Services, which tests for the following:
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Gateway provides confidential STI testing and one-on-one counseling.
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