STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection.
These infections are passed from person to person through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, rectum, or mouth. STIs are often referred to as sexually transmitted diseases or venereal disease. Common STIs include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes. Some people with STIs may not have symptoms, but they can still carry the bacterium or virus and require treatment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between 13 and 34 years of age be tested at least once as part of routine health care. Almost one in five people in the United States who have HIV do not know they are infected.
HIV is spread through unprotected sex and drug-injecting behaviors (plus mother to child), so people who engage in these behaviors should get tested more often. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should definitely get an HIV test:
If you continue having unsafe sex or sharing injection drug equipment, you should get tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (e.g., every 3 to 6 months).
You should also get tested if:
We offer anonymous and confidential HIV/Hep C/STI testing and pregnancy screenings. HIV test results are available within 20 minutes.
These services are available at our office, as well as additional locations throughout Philadelphia.
If you need a test, simply stop by our office or call us at (215) 769-3561 for more information.
Bebashi also has an onsite nurse, who is available to provide health screenings, provide referrals, and to help HIV positive consumers access healthcare resources. This service is available every Tuesday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.