Have you had unprotected sex? Did your sexual protection, such as a male condom, break? If so, it’s essential to get tested for STIs as soon as possible to protect your health.

What Are STIs?

An STI stands for “sexually transmitted infection,” and these are also sometimes called “sexually transmitted diseases,” or STDs.

An STI is an infection that is transmitted by bodily fluids, such as those that are shared during sexual intercourse (i.e. semen and vaginal fluids). However, STIs can also be spread through blood.

What Are the Symptoms of STIs?

There is a long list of STIs, each with its own symptoms. Below are two common STIs we test for at FirstLook and the symptoms you might experience:


This bacterial infection permeates your genital tract and can cause the following symptoms in women:

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Pain during sexual intercourse in women
  • Bleeding between periods in women

This is also a bacteria that can infect your genital tract. In women, it can cause:

  • Thick, cloudy, or bloody vaginal discharge
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding between periods
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Anal itching

This list isn’t exhaustive, and it’s essential to note that oftentimes, you won’t experience any symptoms of an STI at all, especially early on. This means that it’s possible to become infected with an STI and not even know it. However, you can still suffer the consequences of infection and pass it on to your partners. This is why, if you’re sexually active (and especially if you’ve had unprotected sex), it’s essential to get tested as soon as possible.

STIs and Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant or think you might be, getting tested for STIs is even more important. This is because STIs can pass to the baby during pregnancy or birth and cause life-threatening complications. Fathers are welcome.

Where Can I Get Free STI Testing?

At FirstLook, we offer free, confidential STI testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Our qualified nurse will walk you through your results and provide any needed treatment.

Don’t jeopardize your health. If you’re sexually active, take advantage of our free testing and schedule an appointment today.