STI vs. STD
You may have asked yourself why we use the term sexually transmitted infection (STI), instead of the term sexually transmitted disease (STD). The term "infection" more accurately describes conditions where sexual partners may not have symptoms and may not be aware that they have an infection, and because many of these infections are actually curable. The term "infection" carries less of a social stigma than the term "disease." STI is used by many leading sexual health organizations.
For More information on STIs, visit the STI pages at GoAskAlice or Brown University Health Education.
It is important to know you cannot test for all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and symptoms are not always present. If left untreated, STIs can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and infertility in women.
It is important to be regularly tested for STIs if you are sexually active or feel you were at risk for exposure. STIs are either curable or manageable; the key is early detection and treatment.