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Anyone who has had unprotected sex (anal, vaginal or oral) is considered to be at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs, also referred to as sexually transmitted infections or STIs), including HIV. Certain STDs (e.g. herpes, human papilloma virus or HPV, and Syphilis) can be spread by skin to skin contact, even when condoms or dental dams are used.
Anyone who has shared injection drug equipment (needles, syringes, cotton, cookers, tourniquets, etc.), regardless of the drug being used, is considered to be at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C.
Typically, persons infected with HIV or Hepatitis C will have no physical symptoms until many years after infection. In up to 50% of the cases, persons infected with other common STDs will have no signs or symptoms of infection. Yet, despite the absence of symptoms, persons infected with HIV, STDs or Hepatitis can pass their infection onto others.
If you have had unprotected sex (anal, vaginal or oral) or shared any drug injection equipment (needles, syringes, cotton, cookers, tourniquets, etc.), you should speak with your primary care provider about testing or make a plan to visit us soon!
All services are confidential and provided free of charge.