As an LA STD clinic, STD Free Los Angeles makes it our mission to be able to inform the public in regards to safe sex and getting tested.

Not only do we offer various services such as STD testing, pregnancy testing, and birth control, but we also aim to educate our community. Here are 5 surprising facts about STDs and STIs you may not have known.

1. Those with herpes have little to no symptoms.

Visible symptoms are rare for this STI. If you do end up exhibiting sores, it could already be too late. This is why preventing them in the first place is important, and why both partners should get tested routinely.

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2. You don’t need to have sexual intercourse to contract an STD or STI.

Other types of sex, such as oral and anal, also have the ability to transfer diseases. Individuals should always have protected sex to help prevent diseases such as syphilis, HPV, or chlamydia.

3. There are more than 25 different STDs/STIs

There are about 25 different diseases that individuals are exposing themselves to when they have unprotected sex. This is why it is best when one becomes sexually active, to make sure their partner(s) are safe of diseases or infections. It is also wise to always try to aim to have protected sex.

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4. There are STDs/STIs that can affect fertility.

There are quite a few sexually transmitted diseases and infections that can affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant. STD’s such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can cause infection which in turn has the ability to scar a woman’s fallopian tubes. Individuals should always get checked to get treatment for any undetected sexually transmitted diseases.

5. Older Adults have a higher STD rate.

This could be for a variety of reasons, such as lack of education about infections/diseases or simply from not taking precautions. As individuals grow older, they tend to stop using condoms and birth control, which just exposes them further to infections and/or diseases.

About STD Free Los Angeles:

STD Free Los Angeles is an LA STD clinic ready to provide any testing and/or treatment you may need. We are committed to making sure all of our patients practice safe sex and get tested annually. You can schedule an appointment here or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for more facts.