Ask a VWC Nurse: Answers to Your Commonly Asked Questions
Once a month, we feature answers to commonly asked questions that our Valley Women’s Clinic medical staff receives. Our nurses provide answers to these questions here on the blog.
Q. How Do I Know If I Have an STI?
Two of the most common STIs are chlamydia and gonorrhea. You may not know if you have one of these because half of the people who do don’t have any symptoms. The best thing to do if you think you may have been exposed to an STI is to be tested. A simple urine test can determine if you have one of these STIs.
A. Below are some common symptoms of these STIs for both women and men. However, the only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested.
|In Women:||In Men:|
|Abnormal vaginal discharge||Clear or cloudy discharge from penis|
|Bleeding between periods||Painful urination|
|Painful periods||Burning or itching around end of penis|
|Abdominal pain with fever||Pain or swelling around the testicles|
|Pain during sex|
|Itching or burning around the vagina|
|Pain when urinating|
|In Women:||In Men:|
|Painful or frequent urination||Abnormal discharge from the penis|
|Anal itching, discomfort, bleeding or discharge||Painful or frequent urination|
|Abnormal vaginal discharge||Anal itching, discomfort or discharge|
|Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods|
If you’re one of the people who does develop symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhea, get checked as soon as you can. Treatment is available and it can prevent complications down the road.
Free STI Testing at Valley Women’s Clinic
Valley Women’s Clinic offers free and confidential STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. We will provide you with referrals for treatment if your test comes back positive. We also offer free pregnancy testing. Request an appointment at our Blacksburg or Radford office.
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