Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, are sometimes also called sexually transmitted diseases or STDs (but they mean the same thing).
Did you know that about half of sexually active teens and young adults will get an STI before their 25th birthday – and many of them will have no idea? Abstaining from sex is the only 100% way of protecting yourself from getting an STI – or giving one to someone else. But if you are having any kind of sex, or thinking about getting started, learn about STI prevention and transmission below and use condoms to protect yourself and your partner.
Since the most common symptom of STIs is having no symptoms at all, it’s important to get tested and treated as soon as possible. STIs are easy to treat, but if left undetected, they can cause long-term health problems. Teens in CA can get STI prevention and treatment services for FREE.
What are you waiting for?
- If you’re between 13 and 24 getting tested in CA is easy and affordable. Just find a clinic and make an appointment.
- Not sure if you need to get tested? Take this quiz to find out your STI risk.
- Curious about what going to a clinic is like? View one of our clinic tours.