Sexual Health

Know The Facts

Sexual Health

The choices you make today concerning your sexuality could affect the rest of your life. When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the biggest concern. Yes, pregnancy is and should be a concern but you are only at risk of becoming pregnant about 3 days a month (during ovulation) YET, every time you have sex you are exposing yourself to contracting an STD/STI.

STD and STI - What Is The Difference?

The term STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) are often used interchangeably. Let us explain the difference…… The term STI is used to describe the presence of an infection in the body, which may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. The term STD describes an infection that has caused damage in a person’s body – though, like an STI may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. STI is the term most used. All STDs are STIs though NOT all STIs become STDs.

Prevention of STD/STIs

Obstaining from sex is the only way to be 100 percent confident that you will avoid a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

"Prevention through avoiding exposure is the best strategy for controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Proper use of condoms with each sexual intercourse experience can reduce but not eliminate the risk of STDs."

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Some STIs can be treated and even cured with medication. Early detection is essential for effective treatment. Other STIs cannot be cured but symptoms can be managed. Being checked for STIs is easy and harmless, and your health and safety is certainly worth it.

Did You Know?

  • STD/STIs are infections spread by sexual contact with skin, genitals, mouth, rectum or bodily fluids.
  • Even with 100% condom use, STI/STD risk is not totally eliminated. Condoms DO NOT protect you against certain diseases, such as herpes, syphilis and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).
  • Over 19 million Americans are infected each year with a sexually Transmitted Disease.* About half of these are between the ages of 15 to 24.
  • 1 in 5 Americans age 12 and over has genital herpes; most do not know it.
  • Half a million Americans have died from HIV/AIDS.

Northtown Pregnancy Center

Offers help to you in thinking through the important decisions concerning your sexual health.

Call 716.800.2306 or email to make an appointment or to speak to someone confidentially.

This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

*Statistics from the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior, 2001