Sexually Transmitted Infections

 

The worst part is not knowing, if you would like to get tested, talk your health care provider. There are limited confidential services available through the Grey Bruce Health Unit if you do not have a health care provider. All testing is free, easy and confidential

Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), straight, or questioning, testing is important to stay healthy. Get the right care at the right time, in your community. Confidentiality is assured.

 

Most tests require a urine or blood sample. Test results take approximately one to two weeks to come back from the laboratory.

Some of the most commonly reported STIs can be treated and cured. Antibiotics can cure potentially serious STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. In some cases, treatment can help reduce symptom of infection, or future outbreaks (e.g. antivirals for herpes and HPV). And there are also medications that help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives

More than half of women who get gonorrhea have no symptoms at all. Men will often only have mild symptoms. It can take 2-7 days after exposure for symptoms to start, but in some cases it can take as long as 30 days. Symptoms, if they occur, can include:

  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • A white, yellow or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods

For rectal infections:

  • Discharge
  • Anal itching
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Painful bowel movement

Most of the time, a urine sample is all that is needed to test for gonorrhea

Some sexually transmitted infections can cause long term damage if left untreated. Tell your partner(s) if you have tested positive for an infection. Encourage your partner(s) to get tested and treated. A health care provider can provide assistance. For tips on how to talk to your partners visit, tell my partner .

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