Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) is a broad term that refers to more than 50 diseases and syndromes which may be transmitted by vaginal secretion, semen, blood, breast milk and saliva. STI’s affect women and men of all backgrounds and economic levels. It is estimated that by age 24, 1 in 3 sexually active people will have contracted a STI. The most common STI’s on college campuses include chlamydia, trichomoniasis, genital herpes and HPV. STI's may be present and transmitted with minimal symptoms or be painful. Prevention of transmission, early diagnosis and treatment are important. Most untreated STI's may have potential long term health consequences. Young adults are at a higher risk for acquiring STI’s for a number of reasons- may be more likely to engage in unprotected sexual activity and they may be involved with partners at high risk. That’s why we advocate practicing safer sex. Use barrier methods like male and female condoms or latex gloves so that you and your partners minimize the risk of acquiring STI’s during sexual activity.
The Health Center provides STI counseling, screening and treatment. Please call 413-538-2121 to schedule an appointment. Cost of lab testing varies depending on insurance coverage. Confidential billing arrangements can be made.