STIs (sexually transmitted infections), also known as STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), are infections that spread from one person to another through sexual contact. If you are sexually active, you may be at risk for getting an STI such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, or Syphilis. Many people with STIs do not have symptoms but are still able to give the illness to others. Leaving an STI untreated can lead to serious health problems. Use this site as a resource to answer all the questions you might have about:
Know the Facts: Staying educated is one of the best ways to protect yourself against STIs. Go to this site to download and print fact sheets on all the different STIs.
Did you know that Chlamydia is the most common STI in Boston? Find out more about Chlamydia here
Did you know that you can have gonorrhea without having symptoms? Find out more about gonorrhea here
Did you know that having syphilis can increase your risk of contracting HIV? Find out more about syphilis here
Stay Healthy: Make sure that you are doing what you can to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections. This page provides information about the different ways to prevent STIs and stay healthy.
Get Tested: Everyone who is sexually active should know the status of their sexual health by getting tested for STIs. Getting yourself tested should be done regularly to ensure your health. This page answers all your questions about where to get tested, who should get tested, confidentiality of testing, and more.
Healthcare Provider Toolkit: This provides information on the newest STI guidelines for patients, management and treatment, downloadable presentations, surveillance data on STIs in Boston and information on Expedited Partner Therapy.
Find a Testing Site: Find a testing site in a neighborhood near you.
Call Mayor's Health Line (MHL) at 617-534-5050