STIs- What YOU Need to Know

It’s common for a person to think that they will experience symptoms of an STI infection, but this assumption is far from the truth. Most STIs have no signs or symptoms in many of the people who become infected.

How do I know when to get tested?

  • If you’ve had unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • Have a new partner
  • Think you might have been exposed

Talk to your healthcare provider about getting tested for some of the most common STIs:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • HIV
  • Herpes
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

Where can I get tested?

Talk to your healthcare provider about the testing they offer at their practice or you can search for a clinic near you

-or-

Stop by the DuPage County Health Department’s STD clinic: http://www.dupagehealth.org/disease-control/STDProgram

Central Public Health Center – Wheaton

111 North County Farm Road

Mondays from 1:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  

Southeast Public Health Center – Westmont                                           

422 North Cass Avenue Westmont, IL 60559 Third and Fourth Tuesday of each month 1:00 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Title X Family Planning Services:

The Title X Family Planning program at ACCESS offers health services for men, women, and youth. Our service include:

  • Confidential services for all, including youth
  • Physical exams
  • Birth control and emergency contraception
  • Health education
  • Men’s health screenings – blood pressure, testicular exams
  • Women’s health screenings – breast exam, Pap smears
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and treatment​

The Title X Family Planning program is available at these four ACCESS health centers:  ​

ACCESS Addison Family Health Center 1111 Lake Street Addison, IL 60101 630.628.1811​

ACCESS Martin T. Russo Family Health Center 245 South Gary Avenue Bloomingdale, IL 60108 630.893.5230

ACCESS West Chicago Family Health Center 245 W. Roosevelt, Bldg 14, Suite 150 West Chicago, IL 60185 630.293.4124

 

How does testing work?

Getting tested is fast and easy! Various testing includes a blood sample, a swab, or a urine sample.

To give you an idea on how some tests are done:

Chlamydia-Swab of genital area or urine sample

Gonorrhea-Swab of genital area or urine sample

HIV- Blood test or swab from inside of mouth

Genital Herpes- Blood test

Syphilis- Blood test, or sample taken from a sore

Trichomoniasis- Swab of infected area, physical exam or sample of discharge

 

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