Risk Assessment

Who is at risk for STIs?

Every sexually active person is at risk for STIs, but there are individual factors that contribute to a person's risk level. Some of these factors include: the number of lifetime sexual partners, whether s/he experienced unprotected sex, whether s/he already had an STI, the age of his/her first sexual experience, their gender, and several other factors.

To help determine your own STI risk, click on this link to complete an STI risk assessment at The Body - an informational web site on HIV/AIDS and other STIs. Even with this information there is no way to predict with 100% accuracy if you have contracted an STI. Many STIs infect people without developing visible symptoms and can go undetected for long periods of time. To avoid a missed diagnosis, the most important step you can take is to talk to your medical provider about any sexual health concerns you have. Together you can decide whether or not you should get tested. You can make an appointment at Health Services by calling 401.863-3953.  

If you would like to further test your knowledge of STIs, click on this to read The Body's STI Basics where you can learn more about STIs -- including STI statistics, who is at risk, and how STIs are transmitted, treated, and prevented.   

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