Did you know most of the time Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) show no symptoms at all? That means you could have an STI and not even know it. 

In the U.S. alone there are 20 million new cases of STIs each year. So, if you are sexually active, the chances of getting an STI are high.  

If you are sexually active, pregnant, or considering an abortion, it’s important to get tested for STIs. 

What are STI symptoms and are there long-term complications?  

STI symptoms 

While many STIs rarely show symptoms, there are a few common symptoms to look out for:  

  • Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area. 
  • Painful or burning urination. 
  • Discharge from the penis. 
  • Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge. 
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding. 
  • Pain during sex. 
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread. 
  • Lower abdominal pain. 
  • Fever. 
  • Rash over the trunk, hands or feet. 
STI symptoms

If you suspect you may have an STI, get tested right away. If caught early, treatment is generally more effective when started right away. 

At Parkville Women’s Clinic, we offer free STI treatment and testing for two common infections: Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. We also provide free treatment for your partner. 

Common types of STIs:  

Complications of untreated STIs: 

If left untreated, STIs can have lifelong effects.  

Common complications include: 

Should I get tested for STIs 

Should I get tested for STDs

You should see a medical professional immediately if: 


  • You are sexually active  
  • You may have been exposed to an STI 
  • You have symptoms of an STI 
  • You have a new or multiple sex partners  
  • You are pregnant 

How to prevent STIs?  


Things like condoms or other barrier methods can reduce your risk for STIs but do not protect you completely. The only way to avoid STIs is to refrain from sexual activity until you are in a committed relationship with a uninfected person. 

Free STI testing near me 

If you need to be tested for STIs a great place to start is Parkville Women’s Clinic. We offer a non-judgmental space for you to ask our medical professionals any questions you might have. All test results remain confidential.  

We care about you and your health.  

Contact us and get free STI testing today.  

Free STI testing near me