Sex and Consequences in a Tricky Time

The latest headlines of sexual harassment in the workplace and otherwise, the #metoo movement, and men of influence falling into disgrace after sexually inappropriate behavior have lead to many conversations in our society. What is “normal” sexual contact? What is a baseline amount of sex? What is allowed to be pursued sexually in a relationship, casual or otherwise? For many years, sex has been viewed as recreational and fun and not necessarily connected to any commitment. Sex is not the problem. Society’s attitude toward sex is more problematic.

 “The idea that pursuing one’s sexual imperatives should take place over workplace rules, lines of power or even just appropriate social behavior is what allows predators to justify sexual harassment and assault. And it encourages the not-predators to value their desires above those of others.”
(Washington Post, “Let’s Rethink Sex”)

So, what does this mean? The “sex-above-all ethic” has lead to the reduction of virtues of prudence, temperance, respect and even love. Perhaps sex has a deeper significance than momentary pleasure or recreation. Respect and love of one’s partner leads to commitment. With commitment comes facing unintended consequences such as an unplanned pregnancy together. It also leads to the reduction of STI (sexually transmitted infections) diagnoses/ treatments or facing an abortion decision in an unplanned pregnancy without a partner a reality. Children are brought into committed relationships and less likely to be fatherless. Security within the relationship builds a strong tie between partners and their children, building a strong family unit.

Unfortunately, marriage is declining in popularity. Many people have a fear of commitment. Sex is readily available and “cheap.” Men can readily find sex and women ask little in return. Porn is easily accessible, and women have to compete with virtual encounters. With the rise of the use of birth control, there is “easy sex without consequences.” (Wall Street Journal, “Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage.”)

For more insights on this topic of sex and consequences, a recent article from the Weekly Standard, quoting the Washington Post has some great insights. Read the entire article here: Washington Post: Conservatives Are Right About Sex.


When it comes to issues of sexual behavior, it can be helpful to have someone outside of your close circle to discuss thoughts and feelings with. Someone who can be both knowledgeable AND trust-worthy, all in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Keep us on your short list. We can be that friend that you talk to when you don’t feel you can talk to anyone else. No pressure. No agenda. Just a helpful, compassionate ear.

STD . . . It Might Hang Around Much Longer Than You Know!
Long Term Effects of STD

It is important to know how to prevent STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases, also known commonly as STI’s – sexually transmitted infections).

But what about long-term effects? If they are treated immediately, are you “out of the woods?” Are there long-term effects that you should know about?

The short answer is: yes. There are long-term effects of many STD’s. And it’s important that you have all the facts that you need.

Chlamydia
First, the most common bacterial STD in the United States is Chlamydia (click the link to read more about it on our blog). This infection can be virtually symptom-free in up to 85% women; however, the cervix is the most likely to be affected by this bacteria. Symptoms include change in discharge, bleeding after sex, and bleeding outside of monthly cycle. The Chlamydia test is a routine one, and is offered through most doctor’s offices, as well as here at Advice and Aid. Chlamydia can cause a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may lead to sepsis, shock, abscess, and even death. PID can lead to scarring of the Fallopian tubes, which could increase the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy (baby implanting in the tubes/ovary instead of the uterus). Chlamydia can also cause an eye infection in your baby if you are infected at delivery.

Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea
is another common bacterial STD. Again, the cervix is the most commonly affected area. Symptoms are similar to Chlamydia – bleeding, change in discharge, itching, abdominal pain. Gonorrhea is also associated with PID. Gonorrhea may also lead to Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome, a chronic liver disease. Gonorrhea can also cause an eye infection in your baby; babies receive ointment in their eyes at the time of birth to prevent this infection.

HPV
Human papillomavirus
(HPV) is the most common STD in the US, with 20 million men and women affected. This is the cause of genital warts. However, HPV leads to cervical changes that may cause cancer. Pap smears check the cervix for these precancerous changes. In the long term, HPV can lead to several different types of cancers.

Herpes
Herpes simplex
is another common viral STD. Both type 1 and type 2 can cause genital herpes. It is estimated that 16% of people aged 14-49 are infected. Herpes leads to lifelong infection of painful outbreaks. It is highly contagious, and most people don’t know they have it until their first outbreak. This requires antiviral medications for life. Babies born to mothers with active lesions are born with lesions all over their body, brain infections, and blindness.

Syphilis
Syphilis
is caused by bacteria as well. A common symptom of syphilis could be an open, painless sore that is often mistaken as a seemingly harmless bump. This disease, without treatment, can cause rashes, heart disease, and brain infections. Babies born to these mothers are usually deaf, have teeth malformations, and brain malfunction. This disease is treated with penicillin.

These are just a few of the most common STD’s. Most of these are treatable, but their possible long-term effects can be extremely severe, both to you and to possible future pregnancies. It’s important that you have all of the facts before you decide to have sex. One moment of passion could lead to a lifetime of unintended consequences.

Make sure your choices are fully informed before you make them.

— Information taken from UpToDate, an evidence based medical database.


If you (or someone you know) suspects that you might have contracted an STD, you should be tested immediately.

Most doctor’s offices can provide testing, as well as here at Advice & Aid.  Here, you can find compassionate, knowledgeable staff that will not only provide testing at no cost to you, but can offer the support and direction that you need. It all takes place in a confidential and helpful setting, allowing you to get the answers that you need.

Don’t put it off . . . schedule a confidential, free testing today. Information is your greatest ally.

You need to know!

 

Permission to Grieve: When A Miscarriage Occurs
Miscarriage

Miscarriage. No one ever believes that it will happen to them. But unfortunately,  up to 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is a silent pain for most women. One that most people never even see. But the pain is real, and cannot – should not – be ignored. One of our friend’s has shared her raw and very personal story of miscarriage. Perhaps you need, as she did, the permission to grieve a child that you will never hold.


All my life I couldn’t wait to get married and have children. I always knew I was going to have 4 kids: 2 boys and 2 girls. So, when I met my husband and he felt the same way, I couldn’t wait to start our family. Of course, our plan was to get married, find good jobs, have a place to live . . . and then we would start building the rest of the family.

Things didn’t go as planned.  About seven months into our marriage, we looked at the 2 lines of a pregnancy test and realized someone was going to join us in his/her own time. Wow! Pregnant? Really? We were still so young!! Yet, we were excited about a baby being part of our lives. It was fun to tell our parents, though a little nerve-wracking at the same time. They were happy for us.

Life continued as normal, except that I knew I was carrying a little baby in my womb. We were so happy. But then, one Tuesday morning while at work, I began to have some spotting.  I had heard that some women experience spotting, so I tried to keep cool. My husband and I talked to some people, called the doctor and were told to just to take it easy.

By end of the week, things were worse. The bleeding got heavier and heavier, and then the pain began. It got so intense that we decided to go to the hospital. I honestly don’t know if it was simply ignorance, but I had no idea that a miscarriage could be so painful. I laid there in the Emergency Room, bleeding, hurting, and definitely having contractions. I can’t even remember if they gave me anything for the pain, but it was bad. My husband held my hand as I cried and cried for I knew we were not going to hold our baby on this side of heaven. Every time we had visited the doctor I had imagined our trip to the hospital to deliver our first born, but it didn’t happen the way I imagined.

Here I was at 12 weeks of pregnancy, delivering but under very different circumstances. No one tells you how painful a miscarriage can be. The pain didn’t stop after the D & C, because then a new kind of pain began – the pain in my heart. Everywhere I went, it seemed there was a pregnant woman. People who knew what had happened often said things like, “You’ll have another one. You are still young.  Don’t cry.” I know they meant well, but these words hurt. I had lost a child, my first child. I didn’t want another one, I wanted that one.  Then my sister said something that helped my journey to healing. She said, “It’s ok to cry. You lost a child.”

Finally, someone understood that I was in pain. Someone encouraged me to grieve.


A miscarriage is difficult. You feel like you did something wrong, or there is something wrong with you.  We need to be gentle with women and their partners when they experience a miscarriage.  If you or someone you know has experience miscarriage, Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers’ Awakenings Program may be for you. This program helps women who have experienced infant loss.  Call our office (913-962-0200)and ask for Kelly.

STD – Should My Partner be Tested & Treated?
STD - Should My Partner Be Tested?

What exactly is a STD (also referred to as STI – sexually transmitted infection)?
An STD/STI is an infection passed from person to person through any sexual contact. The infection occurs when bacteria, virus or parasite grows on or in your body. Some STDs/STIs can be cured, and others cannot. For those that cannot be cured, there are medicines to manage symptoms.

Anyone may contract a STD/STI through sexual contact. Over 20 million people are infected each year. These infections affect people from all backgrounds and socio-economic groups. The largest age group for new infections are those aged 15-24. 

Women often have more serious health problems from STDs/STIs than men. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most common STIs, and if left untreated, the risk of chronic pelvic pain or ectopic pregnancy increase. Infertility is also a possibility if the STI is left untreated.

It is important to be tested, and if positive, to be treated.

Any sexual partners should also be tested and/or treated to prevent re-infection.

Sources:
www.womenshealth.gov
www.cdc.gov


Additional articles from Advice & Aid:
So You Think You Know All About STD?
STD. . . It Might Hang Around Much Longer Than You Know!


If you (or someone you know) suspects that you might have contracted an STD, you should be tested immediately.

Most doctors’ offices can provide testing, as well as here at Advice & Aid.  Here, you can find compassionate, knowledgeable staff that will not only provide testing for both you and your partner at no cost to you, but can offer the support and direction that you need. It all takes place in a confidential and helpful setting, allowing you to get the answers that you need.

Don’t put it off . . . schedule a confidential, free testing today. Information is your greatest ally.

You need to know!

You Are Not Alone {During Pregnancy and Beyond}
You are not alone

One of the things we hear most often from the men and women who walk through our doors is that they feel very alone in their situation.

In fact, this feeling of loneliness is often what drives a woman to make a decision that she doesn’t want to make. But the fear of being alone in her circumstances is a very real, very scary place to be.

But what if we told you that there was a place where you could find support, help . . . and even a “family” who will stand by you and offer you the very things you need. And not just for your pregnancy, but for those years after – when you have questions, doubts and need to be surrounded by those who love and care for you just as much as during your pregnancy.

That could make all the difference!

We have a beautiful solution to the problem of being alone . . . our parent support group that we call Bridges. These sweet quotes from those who experience Bridges give you great insight into just how much it has impacted their lives!

It’s an opportunity for moms and dads to come to a group meeting – a social gathering that shares a meal together each month.

It helps support emotionally – we become a family.

It’s a perfect place to be!

Bridges is for those who don’t want to be alone on this journey.

It’s where I can make friends with other moms.

I can get helpful information on child development, child safety, medical information, careers, budgeting & finances.

I can trade my “points” for things I truly need – diapers, wipes, baby clothes, blankets, books, toys.

Check out this video on our Bridges Group – and then contact us to start your journey with us today. We’re waiting here to make you part of our family!

To read more about our Bridges Program, check out these articles:
All the Help We Desperately Needed
Pregnancy Help You Are Looking For – Our Bridges Program


If you, or someone you know, is in a situation where you desperately don’t want to be alone, then perhaps a visit with us is exactly what is needed.

Simply make an appointment online, and when you come, you will meet with your very own Client Advocate – someone who will walk with you, cry with you, laugh with you, and be there to answer any question you have. For the long haul!

You aren’t alone!

Stealthing – A New and Dangerous Trend You Need to Know About
stealthing

What is stealthing?
A new sexual trend called “stealthing” has seen an increase in occurrence as well as awareness in the community. Stealthing is non-consensual removal of a condom during consensual sex. Men secretly remove the condom during intercourse, without the knowledge or consent of their partner, and it is an extremely dangerous practice. When not using a condom, the risk of becoming pregnant or acquiring a STI or STD becomes a very real possibility. It is a matter of public health risk due to spreading sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and many others.

Bragging Rights
Social media postings have encouraged men to stealth their partner. Some men have even argued they have the right to “spread one’s seed” and brag of the practice of stealthing their partner online.

A Criminal Offense?
The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
recently published an article on this practice. Though the law is not clear on this practice, it could be considered a form of sexual assault. Stealthing could also violate several civil & criminal laws as the non-consenting person is violated and would be considered a possible sexual assault victim. In January 2017, a Swiss court convicted a man of stealthing. It was argued and found to be that the woman would not have consented to sex with her partner if he had not worn a condom, so therefore he violated her rights and betrayed her trust.  The act of stealthing was determined to be a blatant violation of trust with the sex partner.

Emotional & Physical Harm
Victims of stealthing may experience the same type of emotional, physical and financial harm that stems from other more clearly defined violent sex acts. This practice may also lead to a new definition of legal consent.

The more information you have, the more you can protect yourself! Be informed and be aware.
(Click for additional information from USA Today on stealthing)


If you – or someone you know – suspects that you might be a victim of stealthing, it’s absolutely critical that you are tested immediately, both for pregnancy and for STI or STD. Many STIs seem fairly harmless, but can have long-term and severe consequences if not dealt with immediately.

It’s also important to know that you have someone you can talk to if you have been a victim of stealthing.  Each person that walks through our doors receives the help of an Advocate; someone who will listen, guide and stay with you as long as you need them to.

For more information on STIs/STDs, check out this article.

Black & White in a “Shades of Grey” World
Fifty Shades Darker

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades of Grey series perpetuates the sexual exploitation of women.

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation states, “The popular series promotes torture as sexually gratifying and normalizes domestic violence, particularly violence against women. This type of material cultivates a rape and sexual violence culture and is now permeating our society. With the popularity of this book, mainstream opinion-makers are telling the public (especially youth) that humiliation, degradation, and torture in sex is normal and to just give it a try.”

Where things get grey is when our culture begins to normalize something that we once would have all deemed as wrong. The more culture normalizes sexual violence against women the easier it is for women to accept it as being okay it in their own lives, their friends’ lives, and their daughters’ lives.

What are we teaching the next generation of women when our entertainment contains physical, emotional, and sexual violence? They learn what is acceptable by observing what we deem acceptable. Case in point: the extreme popularity of a film and book series that treats sexual violence as love.

The black and white of it is… sexual violence ≠ love.

Women deserve more than to be seen as sexual objects and to be used for fulfilling sexual fantasies. Women deserve more than to be manipulated and coerced into sexual behavior that is violent and manipulative. Women deserve more than to be held to the standard we have set for them by accepting sexual violence as normal.

Books and films like Fifty Shades of Grey take us back to a time when women didn’t have a voice. It is time for all women to stand up and say no.

Additional article from Advice & Aid on Domestic Violence:
Love Shouldn’t Hurt – Signs of Domestic Violence


If you, or someone you know, thinks that a relationship might be considered violent, it’s important that you get out. Immediately.

At Advice & Aid, we are here to talk with you and be a support system for you if you find yourself faced with a domestic violence situation. We can also provide you with professional counseling referrals and referrals for women to community organizations like Safehome or Rose Brooks.

You are not alone, and there is help through this crisis.

If you need to talk to someone, feel free to call our 24-hour hotline, or make an appointment to see us. It’s a safe, non-judgmental place that can offer you the help you need.

A Missed Period. The Pregnancy Test Says Negative . . . But Why?
Missed Period

What happens when you’ve missed your period, taken a pregnancy test, and it is negative? What could be going on with your body?

There could be many different reasons why you haven’t had your period yet. Most women jump to the conclusion that they must be pregnant. But sometimes that test is negative. So what does that mean?

Natural Causes
One of the reasons for a missed period could have to do with natural causes. If you are breastfeeding, or going through menopause, periods often stop for a time. Side effects from medication can also have an effect on your period. For instance, some contraceptives can totally stop monthly cycle. Even after you stop taking contraceptives, it may take some time to return to regular menstruation. Other medications such as antipsychotics, cancer chemotherapy, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, or even some allergy medication can also cause your period to stop or be irregular.

Lifestyle
Another thing to consider when talking about a missed period is your lifestyle. If you have low body weight (10% or more under normal body weight), it could affect many of your body’s hormonal functions, and even result in stopping your period. Those who struggle with an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia may have their period stop completely. Even things like excessive exercising or rigorous training can have an effect on your period because of low body fat, stress or expending too much energy. Unfortunately, a huge factor that could impact your period is stress. Too much mental stress can actually alter (temporarily) the functioning of the hypothalamus, which controls the hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. Usually though, once the stress goes away, your cycle will return to normal.

Medical
Medical issues can sometimes be the cause of a stopped or irregular period. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can cause an absence of your period because it affects your hormones. A thyroid can be either overactive (hyper) or underactive (hypo), which can also interrupt your menstrual cycle. Additional causes could include a pituitary tumor (benign and non-cancerous) or even early menopause for those who are a little older. Issues such as uterine fibroids, uterine scarring due to previous surgeries (such as a cesarean section), lack of reproductive organs – to name just a few – should all be considered. If you are concerned, you should have a physical exam by a healthcare provider, who may go on to conduct lab tests or other diagnostic tests (like an ultrasound, CT scan or MRI).

Something You NEED To Consider . . .
Admittedly, a negative pregnancy test may make you feel relieved if being pregnant was unintended. But if you are sexually active, a pregnancy test is not the only test you should have, especially if you are having sex with more than one partner, have changed partners in the last year, or did not use protection during sex. It’s important to remember that using protection does not completely guard you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For the health of both you and your partner(s), you should be tested for STIs. If the results are positive, you should start treatment immediately. You are in control of knowing your STI status. If you want to be 100% sure that you won’t get pregnant or contract an STI, it is best to adopt the “not right now” method: wait to have intercourse in a monogamous, committed relationship such as marriage.

Information provided by:
CDC

Additional articles about periods:
A Lesson on “That Time of the Month” {Your Period Questions Answered}


If you (or someone you know)has questions about a possible pregnancy, your first step is a pregnancy test. But if you have questions about the results of that test, you need to talk to a compassionate, knowledgeable health care professional.  They can help you sort through the questions you have, and even help with additional testing.

Additionally, if you (or someone you know) suspects that you might have contracted an STD, you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment.

However, if you are not ready to talk to a doctor, it could be helpful to discuss your symptoms, concerns and options in a confidential and helpful setting with someone who has answers.

Feel free to schedule a no-pressure appointment with us where you can speak with someone who will help you determine your next steps. Our staff is compassionate, knowledgeable and can offer the support and direction that you need.

Syphilis – The Facts You Should Have
Syphilis

Written by Advice & Aid Nurse Andrea, RN, BSN

What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a specific type of bacteria.  If not treated promptly and correctly, syphilis can cause long-term complications.

What does syphilis look like?
Syphilis has been called the ‘great imitator’ because it has so many possible symptoms, many of which look like symptoms from other diseases. The painless syphilis sore that you would get after you are first infected can be confused for an ingrown hair, zipper cut, or other seemingly harmless bump. The non-itch body rash that develops during the second stage of syphilis can show up on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, all over your body, or in just a few places. Syphilis can also affect the eyes and lead to permanent blindness. This is called ocular syphilis. You could also get syphilis and have very mild symptoms to none at all.

How is syphilis spread?
You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during any type of sex. Sores can be found on any of the sexual organs, or even on the lips and in the mouth. Syphilis can also be spread from an infected mother to her unborn baby.

How can I reduce my risk of getting syphilis?
The only way to completely and 100% avoid an STD is to not have sex.

However, if you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting syphilis:

*Being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results.

*Using latex condoms the correct way every time you have sex. Condoms can prevent transmission of syphilis by preventing contact with a sore; however, sometimes sores occur in areas not covered by a condom. Contact with these sores can still transmit syphilis. Using a condom does not guarantee prevention of syphilis or other STDs, nor does it always prevent pregnancy.

How do I know if I have syphilis?
Most of the time, a blood test can be used to test for syphilis. Some health care providers will diagnose syphilis by testing fluid from a sore.

Can syphilis be cured?
Yes, syphilis can be cured with the right antibiotics from your health care provider. However, treatment will not undo any damage that the infection has already done.

I’ve been treated. Can I get syphilis again?
Yes. Having syphilis once does not protect you from getting it again. Even after you have been successfully treated, you can still be re-infected. Only laboratory tests can confirm whether you have syphilis. Follow-up testing by your health care provider is recommended to make sure that your treatment was successful.

I’m pregnant. How does syphilis affect my baby?
If you are pregnant and have syphilis, you can give the infection to your unborn baby. Having syphilis can lead to a low birth weight baby. It can also make it more likely you will deliver your baby too early or still born (a baby born dead). To protect your baby, you should be tested for syphilis during your pregnancy and at delivery and receive immediate treatment if you test positive.  Untreated babies can have health problems such as cataracts, deafness, seizures or even death

Take care of your health and protect yourself from syphilis and other STDs.  Seek testing and treatment if needed.

For more information, visit:
CDC

Additional articles about STIs/STDs:
An Honest Conversation About the STI Trichomoniasis
What You Really Need to Know About Gonorrhea
Avoiding an Embarrassing Condition (Chlamydia)
What You Need to Know About HPV


If you (or someone you know) suspects that you might have contracted and STD, you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment.

However, if you are not ready to talk to a doctor, it could be helpful to discuss your symptoms, concerns and options in a confidential and helpful setting with someone who has answers. Feel free to schedule a no-pressure appointment with us where you can speak with someone who will help you determine your next steps. Our staff is compassionate, knowledgeable and can offer the support and direction that you need.

 

 

An Honest Conversation About the STI Trichomoniasis
An honest conversation about Trichomoniasis

Written by Advice & Aid Nurse Andrea, RN, BSN

Trichomoniasis (aka “Trich”) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Most people do not experience any symptoms. It is the most common and most curable STI, but is more common in women than men, and older women are more likely to be infected than younger women. In fact, it is estimated over 3.7 million people are infected with Trich, but only 30% will have symptoms.

Trichomoniasis (Trich) is passed from infected person to an uninfected person during sex. The most commonly affected parts of the body are in the lower genital tract. It is usually transmitted in the genital areas, and not in other parts of the body such as hands or mouth. Infected people without symptoms can still pass Trich to others.

Over 70% of those infected with Trichomoniasis (Trich) do not show any symptoms. Those that do have symptoms range from mild irritation to severe inflammation that may appear 5 to 28 days from exposure (infection). Symptoms may also come and go. Men may experience itching or irritation, burning with urination or ejaculation, or even have discharge. Women may have itching, burning, redness or soreness of genitals, discomfort with urination, or discharge with unusual smell that may appear to be clear, white, yellow or green in color.  Having sex while infected with Trich can feel unpleasant.

Without treatment, infection may last months or even years. While infected with Trichomoniasis (Trich), the risk of contracting an additional STI  or spreading other STIs to a partner is increased. A pregnant woman infected with Trich is more likely to have her baby preterm or to have a baby with low birth weight (less than 5.5 lbs).

Trichomoniasis cannot be diagnosed through symptoms alone. A healthcare provider must perform a physical exam and lab test to confirm the infection. A single dose of a prescription antibiotic (such as metronidazole or tinidazole) is recommended for treatment, and can be taken by pregnant women as well. It is not recommended to drink alcohol within 24 hours of taking the medication due to unpleasant side effects. Trichomoniasis may be contracted again even if treated. Approximately 1 in 5 people are infected again within 3 months after treatment. It is important to wait to have sex after being treated until symptoms resolve, which may take about 1 week. If symptoms return, having a follow up exam and lab test is recommended.

The only complete method to prevent STIs such as Trichomoniasis (Trich) is to abstain from sex, or to be in a monogamous committed relationship. Latex condoms can reduce the risk of transmission of STIs but they do not cover all areas that could infect another person.

For more information, visit:
CDC
Mayo Clinic


If you (or someone you know) suspects that you might have contracted and STD, you should contact your doctor immediately for an appointment.

However, if you are not ready to talk to a doctor, it could be helpful to discuss your symptoms, concerns and options in a confidential and helpful setting with someone who has answers. Feel free to contacts us at 913.962.0200 to speak with someone who can help you determine your next steps. Our staff is compassionate, knowledgeable and can offer the support and direction that you need.

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Additional education articles on sexually transmitted diseases:
The Unfortunate Case Of Bacterial Vaginosis
What You Need To Know Now About HPV
Avoiding an Embarrassing Condition
What You Really Need to Know About Gonorrhea