Sexually Transmitted Infections

Though some STIs are chronic and lifelong, the symptoms can be managed, and many STIs can be easily cured with the right treatment, but the key is prompt diagnosis. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we recommend regular STI testing for anyone who is sexually active and is not monogamous, though we also encourage you to visit us if you suspect that you have been exposed to an STI, regardless of when your last test was performed.

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While it is best to receive regular STD/STI testing regardless of whether you’re experiencing symptoms, you should also contact us at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to request an appointment if you think you may have come in contact with an STI, even though you may not be due for another testing for several months. All STIs have treatment options, and some can be cured, but many can still cause lasting damage to your health if treated too late.


Fortunately, there are many ways to protect yourself from STIs. Avoid having sex with people whose histories you don’t know or who haven’t recently been tested for STIs; use a latex condom every time you have sex; avoid high-risk sexual activity, such as those which can lead to tears or breaks in the skin; and get vaccinated for STIs which have this option available, such as HPV. However, none of these options are 100% effective, so consistent STI testing is important even for those who avoid unprotected sex.

Technically, these two terms mean the same thing. STD (or sexually transmitted disease) is the more commonly known term. However, because a person can be infected with a virus or bacteria without necessarily having a disease, the term STI (or sexually transmitted infection) is now the more accepted medical term.

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