Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infectious diseases passed from person to person during sex. The term STI is often used interchangeably with STD, though infections are only considered diseases when symptoms are present—the term STD applies to both STIs and STDs.
In the U.S. alone, there are approximately 20 million new cases of STIs each year, half of which occur among people ages 15-24.
Seek medical care right away after possible exposure to a STI. Some STIs are easily curable in their early stages, and prompt treatment can lessen complications and stop the spread of STIs to others.
STDs are a serious health problem and can result in reproductive complications, damage to vital organs like the heart, kidneys and brain, and even death. Not all STDs are passed during sex; some STDs can be passed by sharing syringes or from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breast feeding. However, most STIs can be avoided if the proper steps are taken.
STI symptoms differ based on the type of STI and the person, and some STIs have no symptoms. If not treated, STIs can cause major damage to your body, even if they don't have symptoms.
Common STI symptoms include:
At your appointment, a healthcare provider will ask about your STI risk, take an exposure history, discuss STI testing and education, and evaluate treatment options.
It's also important to contact your sexual partner(s) about any infection, no matter how hard it is to do so.
Hepatitis (A, B & C)
HPV (genital warts)
Most Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations are open 7 days a week, and all tests are confidential.
Schedule an appointment at a Walgreens Healthcare Clinic to get tested.
Note: STI Testing and Treatment services only available in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., and Wichita.
If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.