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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diseases spread by sexual contact. If you're pregnant, you can also spread them to your baby before or during delivery. STIs are also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

You can be exposed to an STI anytime you have sex or close contact with the genitals, mouth, or rectum of another person. But exposure is more likely if you have more than one sex partner or you don't use condoms. Using condoms can reduce the risk of STIs. STIs can be prevented by not having sexual contact. (This is called abstinence.)

There are at least 20 different STIs. They include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS. STIs caused by bacteria can be treated and cured. STIs caused by viruses, such as HIV, can be treated but not cured.

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COVID-19 Updates from Urology Specialists

At this time, in consideration of our high employee vaccination rate and current community transmission rates, masking is optional in our facility for fully vaccinated individuals. If you are unvaccinated or have any respiratory symptoms, please continue to mask.

Please continue to self-monitor and if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please call our office in advance of your appointment.

If you would like your nursing staff to mask around you during your appointment, please let us know and we would be happy to comply to help you feel more comfortable during your visit.

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