You might think you will know if you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But that is just not true! Many STIs cause no symptoms or only mild symptoms that you might overlook or ignore.
If you are having sex, it is a good idea to get tested for STIs, especially if any of these things are true:
If you are an intravenous (IV) drug user, you are also at an increased risk of getting HIV.
At IWTK, we recognize that inequitable social, economic, and health systems disproportionally contribute “risk” for STIs to certain communities. These risks add to and compound individual risks. For practical reasons, the risks mentioned here are only based on individual behaviors.
At IWTK we currently offer our users tests for chlamydia [kla-mid-ee-a] and gonorrhea [gone-or-ee-ah]. These are the two common STIs. We also offer trichomonas [trick-a-moan-us] testing for women and in-home HIV test kits for residents of some areas, including Baltimore City and Arizona. We do not test for other STIs, although we might start in the future. If you want to be tested for other STIs, you should go to an STI clinic, a health clinic, or a personal physician.
We are not currently able to test anyone who lives outside of Maryland, Alaska, or certain areas of Arizona. There are a few other important things to know about ordering from IWTK:
Private STI services are provided by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted. Appointments are encouraged. Those without appointments will be offered an appointment for same day or may be asked to return when an appointment is available.
STI services are provided for those with and without insurance. A sliding scale fee is offered. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. There is no charge for STI services for individuals 18 years old and younger.
Sexually transmitted infections are common infections that cause illness and can lead to chronic health problems including pain and infertility.
Many STI’s are curable and all are treatable. Protect your health get tested.
The most common STI can be prevented by a vaccine. Get HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is safe, effective, and can help you avoid HPV related health problems like genital warts and some cancers. HPV vaccine is offered for adults 18 years old and older by appointment for a fee. HPV vaccine is also offered in our child immunization clinics to adolescents 11 – 18 years of age. Call 301-609-6900 to schedule an appointment for HPV vaccine.
CCHD Reproductive Health/STI Program respects your right to the privacy and confidentiality of the information that we maintain in your medical records. The information that you provide use is primarily maintained in a secure electronic file. Your information can only be disclosed with your written permission or by subpoena by a court judge.