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Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very common in the United States, with millions of new infections yearly.

Also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), these can be spread through any form of sex and, less commonly, through physical intimate contact.

If you think you might have an STI, the time to get tested and treated is now.

Common STIs

Bacteria, viruses, or parasites cause STIs. Below are some of the most common.


Caused by bacteria, this common STI often doesn’t have signs or symptoms. It affects primarily young women, but men can get it too. This can be treated with antibiotics.


This bacterial STI also impacts both men and women. Like Chlamydia, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Caused by a virus, HPV is the most common STI in the United States. It can lead to health problems like genital warts and cancer. While there’s no treatment for HPV, there are treatments for the health problems it causes, such as genital warts and cancers.


Syphilis, a bacterial STI, typically spreads through contact with an infected person’s open sore during sexual activity. This STI progresses in stages if untreated and can become very serious. The sooner it’s treated with an antibiotic, the better.


A parasite causes this common STI. For women, this STI can cause foul-smelling vaginal odor, genital itching, and painful urination. Men typically have no symptoms. An antibiotic can kill the parasites responsible for the infection.

Potential Complications of Untreated STIs

Time is of the essence when it comes to STIs. It’s critical to receive regular testing and treatment to avoid any potential complications.

According to the Mayo Clinic, these can include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Eye inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Infertility
  • Heart disease
  • Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers

STI Testing and Treatment at Evany Clinic

At Evany Clinic, you can receive STI testing and treatment to protect your sexual health now and in the long term. We offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis with a free telehealth follow-up with a licensed provider. We do charge a one-time fee of $52 for this service.

Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.

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